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UFC 246: Conor McGregor Denies Sexual Assault Allegations Ahead of Return

In a lengthy interview ESPN recently released, Conor McGregor [1] denied the sexual assault allegations that have reportedly been levied at him in his native Ireland.

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McGregor responds to the allegations directly

Last year, it was reported that McGregor was being investigated [2] regarding an alleged, sexual assault of a woman in Dublin. The 31-year-old former UFC champ was also accused of sexually assaulting a woman December, 2018. [3]McGregor has not been charged and his team has vehemently denied the allegations.

Well, in advance of McGregor’s Octagon return this Saturday at UFC 246, the former champ sat down with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani [4]. During the lengthy interview McGregor was asked about the allegations, and the fighter said this (quotes via MMA Junkie [5]):

“Look, just no,” McGregor said. “I can’t say anything about this. It just has to take place.”

“Would it bother you (to be accused)?” McGregor asked. “There you go. Time. Patience. Patience is a skill we must master. Patience is the most difficult skill to master, and I’m working hard to master it. So time will show all. That’s it.

“Right now, I’m focused on the belt – focused on positivity and good thoughts. And I will say a prayer for those trying to bring harm to me with these type of things. Yes, of course (I deny them). Of course. Time, please. Time will reveal all. Time will tell all. That’s it.”

UFC 246 line-up

McGregor is booked to fight Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246, which will take place on January 18th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 246 Main Card 0n ESPN+ PPV (10 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone
135 lbs.: Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
265 lbs.: Maurice Greene vs. Aleksei Oleinik
115 lbs.: Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso
155 lbs.: Diego Ferreira vs. Anthony Pettis

UFC 246 Prelims Card 0n ESPN (8 p.m. ET):

145 lbs.: Maycee Barber vs. Roxanne Modafferi
145 lbs.: Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff
155 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Nasrat Haqparast
145 lbs.: Grant Dawson vs. Chas Skelly

UFC 246 Early Prelims Card 0n ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET):

205 lbs.: Aleksa Camur vs. Justin Ledet
125 lbs.: Askar Askarov vs. Tim Elliott
135 lbs.: Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne
125 lbs.: J.J. Aldrich vs. Sabina Mazo

*Fight card, bout order and the amount of matches subject to change.

Line-up via MMA Mania [6]