- Conor McGregor was seen on video throwing drink at Machine Gun Kelly.
- It went down during a tumultuous red carpet walk ahead of the VMAs in New York.
- The fighter’s publicist had to deny it was because the rapper declined to take a selfie with McGregor.
Conor McGregor appeared to throw a drink at Machine Gun Kelly on the red carpet before the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City.
The former two-weight UFC champion attended the event in a pink suit and walked with a cane, as he continues his rehabilitation from the broken leg he sustained during a first-round knockout loss to Dustin Poirier.
But before the Irishman, 33, even entered the ceremony, he was seen on video getting into an altercation with rap sensation Machine Gun Kelly.
TMZ Sports reported Sunday through sources that McGregor wanted to take a photo with Machine Gun Kelly, who is known for singles like “Wild Boy,” “Alpha Omega,” and “Rap Devil,” in which he dissed Eminem in 2018.
Seemingly unafraid to engage Eminem in a war of words three years ago, Machine Gun Kelly was also in no mood to entertain McGregor’s advances this weekend, and, according to TMZ, rejected the selfie request.
The gossip website then said the musician escalated things by pushing McGregor who spilled his drink when he stumbled backward.
“Photos and videos from the scene show McGregor throwing a drink and both sides being separated,” ESPN reporter Marc Raimondi tweeted.
Here’s footage of McGregor throwing the drink:
—Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 13, 2021
McGregor’s spokesperson Karon Kessler denied that McGregor wanted a photograph with the rapper.
“Conor McGregor did not ask anyone for a picture, nor did he instigate this incident,” she said, according to Raimondi.
“He does not know Machine Gun Kelly, outside of the fact that he attended Conor’s fight this past July,” Kessler added.
McGregor spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the incident.
“He showed up, and I don’t know. I don’t know the guy,” McGregor said. “Nothing happened with me, I only fight real fighters, people that actually fight, you know what I mean.
“I certainly don’t fight little vanilla boy rappers. I don’t even know the guy. I don’t know anything about him, except that he’s with Megan Fox.”
—Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) September 13, 2021
Variety asked Machine Gun Kelly about the altercation but he declined to comment by saying “Ha!” in a strange voice, before slapping the media company’s microphone out of his way.
The rapper’s partner Megan Fox could then be heard saying: “We’re not allowed to [talk about it].”
—Variety (@Variety) September 13, 2021
Unperturbed at the ordeal, Machine Gun Kelly went on to perform “Papercuts” alongside Travis Barker at the awards show.
McGregor, meanwhile, could be seen smiling while Justin Bieber picked up Artist of the Year.