Conor McGregor has splashed out around £2million to buy the pub he pled guilty to assaulting a customer in.
The Irishman has completed the acquisition of the Marble Arch in Drimnagh, Dublin, reports The Currency – the second pub he has purchased in the area after he bought The Black Forge in his nearby hometown suburb of Crumlin last year.
McGregor has history in the Marble Arch, having previously been involved in an altercation with then-50-year-old Des Keogh on its premises.
The UFC star admitted to assaulting Keogh by punching him in the face after his victim had declined a shot of McGregor’s own brand of Proper Twelve whiskey in April 2019.
He was fined €1000 (£860) by Dublin District Court after he had been caught on the pub’s CCTV, while he also issued an apology to Keogh.
His investment in the Marble Arch comes after he had forked out a sum reported to be in the region of €3m to buy and renovate the Black Forge.
McGregor has a number of business ventures away from his fighting career, and even teased an offer to buy Manchester United earlier this week amid the fallout from their failed attempts to join a breakaway European Super League.
While that was very much a fanciful suggestion, McGregor does boast an impressive net worth, most of which has been accrued from his UFC career, though he hinted recently he may not be involved with the organisation for much longer.
He is next due to appear in the Octagon in the trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier in the summer having lost to the American back in January.
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The third bout between the pair had looked in doubt after they were embroiled in a furious row over social media regarding a €500,000 payment Poirier claims McGregor had promised to gift to his foundation but had not followed through with the donation.
UFC president Dana White even admitted the fight was almost cancelled just two days before it was announced.
“There was a lot of chance that was going to fall apart,” White told TSN. “I saw some conspiracy theorists saying that was done to promote the fight – absolutely none of that was done to promote the fight, I can assure you of that.”
McGregor and Poirier will meet on July 10 in the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in front of a 20,000 crowd.