Last week the UFC announced that Conor McGregor while return to the UFC against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on January 18th. While this is obviously major news, it does happen when McGregor is currently under investigation for sexual assault in Ireland. Are we comfortable with Conor McGregor being booked right now?
Are we comfortable with Conor McGregor being booked right now?
Frank Hyden MMATorch Columnist
No, I think it crosses a line that shouldn’t be crossed. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe in innocent until proven guilty but this fight shouldn’t have been booked. You wait until the investigation is over and then if McGregor is cleared, book the fight. I know McGregor is the biggest star they have, but you should have standards. This kind of stuff isn’t unprecedented, but it’d be very easy for the UFC to have delayed this fight for a bit.
I think of some of what bothers me about this is that I know that if this were some other fighter, who’s not the draw that McGregor is, that the UFC would drop his ass so quick it’d make your head spin. Or at least not book him in a fight while the investigation is ongoing.
Michael Hiscoe MMATorch Columnist
No, I’m not comfortable with Conor McGregor being used while under investigation for sexual assault. It’s a brash move of UFC to book McGregor in a high profile fight with these charges still looming. Men with much more power and influence than McGregor have been put on ice after similar allegations surfaced but UFC’s arrogance and greed supersede any movement.
Dylan Thompson MMATorck UK Specialist
Whilst it is a very disturbing allegation, McGregor is yet to be charged with anything so whilst he is uncharged he should be able to continue his career. However, should McGregor be charged over said allegation he should be removed from any booked event.
Robert Vallejos MMATorch Managing Editor
It seems like the UFC is taking advantage of the fact that McGregor is being investigated in Ireland instead of New York. Despite the allegations being reported by the New York Times, they have not received attention in the manner that we might expect. I don’t expect much from the UFC, but I would have admired some temperance from the UFC here.
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