Conor McGregor already in talks over opponent for UFC comeback fight but Dana White says he knows nothing of DJ bust-upOctober 20, 2021
DANA WHITE says he has held talks with Conor McGregor over his UFC return but has not spoken to the star about his alleged bust-up with an Italian DJ.
Notorious last fought in July against Dustin Poirier, 32, the man he initially beat in 2014 before he was knocked out in their January rematch.
Disaster struck for McGregor in their UFC 264 trilogy bout as he suffered a brutal leg break seconds before the end of the first round, forcing him to lose by doctor stoppage.
The Irishman remained in America for surgery in Los Angeles where he continued his rehabilitation process before taking a holiday in Europe with his family.
The 33-year-old hit the headlines again over the weekend when he was accused of punching DJ Francesco Facchinetti in the face and leaving him with a bloody lip and nose in front of his horrified wife.
Now UFC president White has told reporters at his Contender Series 44 he has not talked to the mega-star over that alleged incident – although they have discussed his comeback into the octagon.
The chief said he doesn’t know ‘what the truth is’ or ‘know exactly what happened’ during the Milan melee.
White said: “We talked about it a little bit today in matchmaking – I don’t know enough about it.
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“I honestly don’t even know enough about it to comment on it. Obviously I’ve seen what you guys have – you guys have seen more than me, actually, to be honest with you.
“I haven’t talked to Conor, so I don’t know what the truth is. I don’t know exactly what happened. So to comment on it, I really can’t.”
Cops were called after the Irishman allegedly got into the scuffle with musician Facchinetti while the two attended an event at the St Regis hotel in Rome.
McGregor and his partner Dee Devlin have been in Italy over the last few days for the christening of their youngest child Rian in the Vatican.
But the trip ended in controversial fashion as both Facchinetti, 41, and his wife Wilma Faissol, 39, made the allegations to their nearly 1.5million combined followers on Instagram.
Facchinetti posted a video recounting the alleged incident and showed off cuts on both of his lips.
Wilma also shared a series of Instagram stories accusing the fighter of attacking her husband, and fearing he could have been killed.
It remains unclear what triggered the alleged melee but SunSport contacted McGregor's team for comment on the alleged confrontation.
Italian Police confirmed to us they were called to the scene at 5.30am after an incident had taken place.
'COULD'VE KILLED HIM'
McGregor was not spoken to by the police, but he ‘may be in coming days’ as the DJ plans to file a formal complaint in his home city of Milan.
Facchinetti, who is also a TV and radio personality in Italy, told his followers on Instagram: “I could be silent but someone like him who pulls a punch, think what could happen.”
He went on that ‘real fighters don't behave like that’ and accused the Irish star of punching him ‘for no reason’.
Also taking to Instagram, Wilma posted to her more than 477,000 followers accusing McGregor.
She said: “He could have killed him, he split his lips and nose.”
Wilma claimed that McGregor's bodyguards had to hold the lightweight fighter back as he ‘wanted to keep beating Francis’.
She claimed McGregor's team gave them hankies to clean up the blood before the couple were then told to leave through the side door of the hotel.
McGregor previously got into trouble for punching a man at The Marble Arch Pub in Dublin back in August 2019.
The ex-UFC champion allegedly hit Desmond Keogh, 50, after the older man had declined to drink a shot of whiskey.
He was convicted of assault and ordered to pay a fine of £860 – and then later went on to spend £1.75million buying the pub.
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