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Reporter booed for asking Conor McGregor about sexual assault claims during press conference for Cowboy Cerrone fight

AN experienced MMA reporter has been booed by fans for asking Conor McGregor about the sexual assault claims made against him in Ireland.

These allegations have been consistently denied by McGregor's representatives.

 Conor McGregor was asked about the allegations at the UFC 246 press conference
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Conor McGregor was asked about the allegations at the UFC 246 press conferenceCredit: Getty Images - Getty

McGregor was sat alongside opponent Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and UFC president Dana White at the UFC 246 press conference when questioned on the matter.

As Canadian journalist Morgan Campbell began to ask his question regarding the allegations, he was abruptly cut off by loud boos from the audience.

Campbell had begun: "A couple quick questions for Conor about your legal issues. What can you tell us..."

As the boos rang around the venue, it was Cerrone that ultimately interjected, with McGregor remaining silent.

Cowboy said: "We're here to talk about a fight, nothing he does outside of fighting. Why does everyone keep going there?"

White then said: "He answered these questions yesterday on ESPN."

Undeterred, Campbell continued: "Can you tell us anything specifically about the status of the sexual assault allegations in Ireland?"

Again, it was White, rather than McGregor himself, who answered.

He again replied: "He answered that yesterday on ESPN."


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Campbell then asked: "Was there ever a point where you guys were concerned that it might imperil this fight?"

White bluntly replied: "No." And that was the end of Campbell's questioning.

A spokesman for McGregor had already denied the accusations in November last year.

But McGregor himself addressed the allegations in a 60 minute interview with high-profile MMA reporter Ariel Helwani on ESPN.

Asked about the claims, McGregor said: "Look, just no, I can’t say anything about this. It just has to take place, right."

The 31-year-old was then asked if the claims bother him, to which he responded: "Would it bother you?"

And when Helwani said "yes", McGregor replied: "There you go.

"But time, time, patience. Patience is a skill we must master.

“Patience is one of the most valuable skills a human being must master.

“I’m working hard to master it and I feel I’m getting there, so time, time will show all.

“That’s it, right now I’m focused on the bout, focused on positivity, good thoughts.

“I’ll say a prayer for those who try and curse me, try and bring harm to me with these type of thing, that’s it.”

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