UFC President Dana White is no stranger to the ramifications of messing with the Mob. And his own personal experience with organized crime, as well as prior instances of celebrities mixing it up with “wise guys”, has Dana White believing that despite who Conor McGregor beat up in Dublin, that a deal can be struck with the Kinahan gang to secure the safety of his biggest star.
Now there’s a reported price tag on Conor’s head that is close to $1 Million U.S. dollars, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of today’s reports.
Dana White though, believes that if history holds true, Conor will be just fine.
In a recent sit down with the MMA media, ahead of this weekend’s UFC 218 event, he said, “If it’s true we’ll end up finding out. I can’t chase all these things around. If it’s true we’ll get it figured out and go from there.”
“It can’t be a good thing for Conor [if true]. But you never know… I’m sure it can be worked out too,” said Dana White. “Jake Lamotta’s brother beat the shit out of a wise guy too and they figured it out”
Earlier today, MMAImports was the first media outlet to get a party close to the incidents to break their silence on the matter. Though speaking in anonymity, this is what they told us about the situation with Conor McGregor.
“The guy Conor punched at the Black Forge Inn is named Ryan,” said the anonymous insider. “Ryan has two very important friends around here in two brothers named the Timmins brothers.”
“The Timmins brothers have been messing with Conor’s longtime friend named Andy, Andy is also involved with the Kinahan gang too,” he continued.
“A lot of people don’t know this, and no one is really talking about it, but Conor already had a run-in with the Timmins brothers a couple of weeks ago, and he beat them both up pretty handily, over his loyalty to Andy. Andy was present for this first incident, and well [pauses], I say it was a beating, but it wasn’t like he hospitalized the brothers or anything. Andy was involved in the scuffle too. They won, the Timmins lost, but it wasn’t really bad.
“So back to Sunday night, Ryan was at the pub and he was talking shit and defending the Timmins brothers, and that’s why Conor beat him up too, on Sunday night.
“While scuffling with Ryan, Conor also hit the father of Graham Whelan. Now, Whelan has a reputation. He’s supposedly a hitman for the Kinahan gang and not someone to be taken lightly.
“Are you following this, because I’m only going to say it once,” our insider said.
“This shit’s crazy. So, Conor is beating up Kinahan gang members, in defense of his friend Andy who is also affiliated with Kinahan.
“That’s really Conor’s saving grace, because these issues are not going to divide the Kinahan gang. They’re too strong of an organization for that. And though Conor is fighting with Kinahan guys, he’s doing it for Andy, a Kinahan guy.
“Now, it is possible that Graham will not be able to let Conor’s assault of his dad go without some sort of payment. And though it appears as if Conor struck Graham’s dad by accident, Graham has a reputation for just not giving a fuck, and could try some recourse.
“But will Graham pull rank and try to go after Conor? I don’t know. From what I know, if anyone is going to make Conor pay for what is going on, it won’t be Graham, it will be Graham’s boss, and it will likely involve money and not much else.”
“Conor is pretty loved around here, so it’s hard to say what’s next. But, that’s the story. That’s all I know.”