An Italian DJ said MMA star Conor McGregor punched him and broke his nose at a party in Rome.
Francesco Facchinetti and his wife made the allegations on social media and said they were out clubbing with the star, MMA Mania reported. It was hours after McGregor and his partner, Dee Devlin, had their son baptized at the Vatican.
McGregor reportedly punched DJ at party
Facchinetti said they were out "having fun" with McGregor for two hours when McGregor invited them to another party. When the DJ accepted the invite, McGregor punched him in the nose and broke it, he said on an Instagram video translated from Italian.
“At 2.30 this night I was attacked by Mr. McGregor,” Facchinetti said, via MMA Mania. “The very famous McGregor, who punched me in the mouth, broke my nose in front of 10 witnesses, his friends and his bodyguards. He attacked me without motivation as we talked for more than two hours and we also had fun together. I could have shut up and not say anything to anyone, but since I’m here to tell it, I must say that that person is really violent and dangerous.”
Facchinette's wife, Wilma, also detailed the incident on social media. Via SB Nation's Bloody Elbow:
“Then out of nowhere, he threw a punch in the face of Francesco. He was inviting us to another party. Francesco said, ‘Okay, let’s go’ and he hit him. Luckily, he [Francesco] was very close so he [McGregor] couldn’t load up on his punch. Francesco flew back, fell on the table, and then on the ground. The first thing that came to mind was ‘are we kidding? Is it a show?’ Then I was paralyzed. I turned around and saw that his friends were holding him against the wall because he wanted to continue beating Francesco. Then they took him away. I turned on the light and the guards turned them off. Francesco was bleeding. I wanted to help him and the guards chased us away.
“He will stay in Italy until October 26th. If you see him stay away from him. Don’t go near him and ask for autographs because he is an unstable and dangerous person."
Facchinette said on social media he plans to sue McGregor.
“I took a punch for nothing. That punch could go to anyone. My friends, my wife, or other friends. That’s why I decided to sue Conor McGregor because he is a violent and dangerous person.”
McGregor continues to get into trouble outside of his MMA career. He reportedly got into a scuffle with Machine Gun Kelly at the MTV Video Music Awards in September. In 2019, McGregor was charged with assault after punching a man in a Dublin bar while promoting his new brand of whiskey. He pleaded guilty.
And a year prior he hurled a dolly at a bus the week of a bout, breaking a window and injuring a fighter. There have also been allegations of rape and assault against McGregor over his career.