Two weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has apologised for a homophobic slur after his gym partner Artem Lobov was defeated in the octagon.
The 29 year old Dubliner was videoed using the word "f****t" to describe fellow fighter Andre Fili.
"I was whispering in his ear and I was speaking on that and I said what I said. I meant no disrespect to nobody of the LGBT community. I didn’t mean no disrespect.”
McGregor, who had previously expressed support for marriage equality in Ireland during the 2015 referendum, also sounded a note of complaint that he was “being thrown under the bus” for his words.
"You’d swear I was screaming at two people of the same sex kissing,” he said.
“I campaigned, when we were trying to get same sex marriage legalized, I was campaigning for that. It is another one where things just get blown out and they love to just, any chance they get they love to throw me under the bus.”
"It is what it is. I’ll just say sorry for what I said and that’s it and try to move on from it.”
The UFC has not issued an official statement on the issue.