UFC news: Conor McGregor labelled ‘crackhead’ by possible opponent, BJ Penn knocked out in street fight, journalists given sex hotline number

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BJ Penn knocked out in the street

UFC hall of famer Penn was videoed getting knocked to the ground in Hawaii before being helped back to his feet.

TMZ posted the video on its website before then obtaining a second clip that showed the 40-year-old on top of his attacker before landing blows to his head.

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BJ Penn was involved in a street fight in Hawaii
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Penn’s represenative told TMZ: “Upon meeting friends for a concert at the Lava Shack, words were exchanged between BJ and the acquaintance.

“From witness accounts, BJ tried multiple times to diffuse the situation, but was hit repeatedly and knocked to the ground, as seen on the video.

“When he got back up he was disoriented, yet realised how serious the situation and threat was and felt there was a need to defend himself.

“We are thankful that BJ nor the acquaintance were not seriously injured.”

UFC give out sex hotline number to journalists

Reporters trying to dial in to a conference call with Dustin Poirier ahead of UFC 242 got a shock.

The number mistakenly given out by the UFC was to a sex hotline rather than to Poirier ahead of his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

They quickly amended the error so the journalists so they could speak to the fighter but not before a couple tweeted about the mishap.

Conor McGregor labelled ‘crackhead’ by UFC fighter

McGregor was branded a ‘crackhead’ by one of his possible future opponents Justin Gaethje.

The Irish fighter got embroiled in controversy in recent weeks after video footage showed him punching a man in a Dublin pub after ‘refusing to drink his whiskey’.

He apologised on ESPN and also said he had been in talks to fight Gaethje before breaking his hand.

Gaethje will now fight Donald Cerrone but has set his sights on McGregor.

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Conor McGregor was allegedly videoed punching a man in a Dublin pub
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“I was training for a fight but McGregor broke his hand early,” he told TMZ.

“So I think even before it would have gotten to me he broke his hand and it didn’t come together.

“Cowboy’s No.4 and [McGregor’s] No.3 so after I get through Cowboy it’s on to the next, and that’s him.

“He brings the most attention, he’s the biggest superstar in this sport, he’s not even fighting and he’s still the biggest superstar.

“So of course I want to f*** him up. I see him punch an old man, do I want to punch him for that? F*** yeah, I want to f*** that dude up for s*** like that.

“He looks like a crackhead on your video. He hasn’t fought in two and a half years, but he just has to fight and we’re talking about it.”

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