Conor McGregor, Machine Gun Kelly's Confrontation on VMAs Red Carpet Caught on Video

Blake SchusterContributor ISeptember 13, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Conor McGregor (R) attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS)
Kevin Mazur/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS

With no upcoming fights and not much else going on, UFC star Conor McGregor showed up to the MTV VMAs on Sunday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and promptly found himself in a squabble on the red carpet with recording artist Machine Gun Kelly.

Jason Williams @jasoneg33

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Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Conor McGregor threw a drink at Machine Gun Kelly at the VMA's 😳<br><br>(via laurademytrk/IG) <a href="https://t.co/yMMudgq3YG">pic.twitter.com/yMMudgq3YG</a>

Sources told TMZ Sports that Kelly denied McGregor a photo before the situation got to a point where Kelly shoved McGregor, who stumbled back and spilled a drink. McGregor allegedly threw the rest of his drink at Kelly after he regained his balance.

A source close to McGregor told TMZ he wanted to say hello to Kelly. The rapper reportedly said something to the fighter, though McGregor didn't hear what was said. The source said Kelly's security pushed McGregor away, with the MMA star unsure of what the issue was.

McGregor's representatives refuted that version of events. 

Marc Raimondi @marc_raimondi

Regarding the skirmish, McGregor spokesperson Karen Kessler sent this statement to <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a>: "Conor McGregor did not ask anyone for a picture, nor did he instigate this incident. He does not know Machine Gun Kelly, outside of the fact that he attended Conor's fight this past July."

TMZ has video of the aftermath.

McGregor is still recovering from a broken tibia he suffered during a loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 and is using a cane to help him walk. The ailment required immediate surgery following the fight with McGregor saying in July that he wouldn't be ready to fight again for some time.

"I came out of the surgery and I was feeling very euphoric," McGregor said. "The job was done, it was a great job that was done and I was like, 'Yes, I've got this. This is gonna be easy. I can do this no problem.' And then I hit a wall, I'm in a lot of pain, me mobility is gonna be like this for a while. It's not gonna be a few days or even a few weeks, it's gonna be a bit of time."