Retired UFC star Michael Bisping has stuck up for Conor McGregor after he was arrested, calling the Irishman’s alleged victim a “bit of a d**k” for pressing charges.
McGregor was on Tuesday arrested and charged with robbery and criminal mischief after being accused of taking 22-year-old Ahmed Abdirzak’s phone after the fan attempted to take a photograph of him outside a Miami Beach nightclub at 5am.
Abdirzak said he feared for his life during the confrontation and was upset precious photos stored on his phone would be lost forever. But former UFC middleweight champion Bisping took a pot shot at the Brit for blowing the situation out of proportion.
Although he didn’t condone McGregor’s response, Bisping certainly understood what probably triggered the 30-year-old’s outburst.
“This guy’s — I’ll just say this guy’s a bit of a f***ing d**k, to press charges,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast.
“He’s a very, very recognisable famous person. And by the way, I’m not jumping to his defence, (I’m) just being real. He has to deal with this s**t on a daily basis, it must drive him up the f***ing wall.
“And who knows? I read in the article that it was 5am in the morning. You’re coming in, you’re a bit p****d. You don’t want a picture of you looking a bit drunk at 5am all over the place. You’re like, ‘No, buddy, I’m sorry. I’d appreciate it if we didn’t do a picture’.”
Bisping said the influence of social media meant fans went to extra lengths to get up close and personal with their idols, who aren’t always in the mood to jump in front of a camera.
“Sometimes, you’re not f***ing camera ready, because you know that’s going on Instagram, it’s gonna do the rounds, and they’re gonna show their mates,” Bisping said.
“But everybody wants it for the ‘gram. It’s all about Instagram, they want to get that picture. And he flipped. He lost his f***ing temper and he grabbed the phone and smashed it. It’s not a big deal. It really, really isn’t.
“Some people, they do push it, though. Some people f***ing push it, they do.
“He did what I wanted to do. Sometimes, I wish I could take someone’s phone and smash it on the f***ing floor. So fair play to him.”
The altercation wasn’t such a laughing matter but Floyd Mayweather certainly found it funny. The boxing legend, who defeated McGregor when he crossed codes for a one-off fight in 2017, mocked the UFC icon as he strutted through Beverly Hills in Los Angeles.
Wearing a bright yellow jumper, Mayweather encouraged paparazzi to take pictures of him, poking fun at McGregor’s reluctance to get snapped after his nightclub outing.
“Shoot me man, shoot me, shoot greatness,” Mayweather told photographers. “Shoot this greatness, shoot it.”