UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has responded to claims that he had a hit placed on him by an Irish drug gang in the most Conor McGregor way possible.

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Rumours began circulating earlier in the week that the MMA champ had been involved in a pub brawl at the weekend, which resulted in him allegedly landing a few punches on a renowned Irish gang member.

Claims have been made that the man, who is believed to be in his 50s, has links to the Kinahan gang, who are alleged to be seeking compensation of €900k (£790,000/$1m) from McGregor, or he will be under threat.

However, after appearing in court to face a speeding charge and pay €400 (£350/$474), McGregor was approached by a reporter while getting ready to leave in his car.

The reporter quizzed the fighter on the rumours that there were 'threats on his life' from the Irish mob, to which he responded, in true McGregor fashion, simply saying: "Come and get me."

Connor's dad Tony has dismissed the allegations as a fabrication.

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Speaking to the Irish Mirror, McGregor senior said: "That's all nonsense, that is. Absolute nonsense. It's an absolute nonsense story.

"It's grown legs and it's getting that ridiculous - it's become funny. We have nothing to fear here whatsoever. There's no one after us for anything.

"We're a law-abiding family and we've stayed a law-abiding family."

However, local police have said that they are aware of a fight on Sunday night, and that reports linked McGregor to it.

Officers are still investigating CCTV footage of the incident.

Conor McGregor

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Conor last stepped into a ring in August when he challenged boxer Floyd Mayweather, earning himself a cool $100 million ($73.9m).

He is expected to return to the octagon in the spring.

Although the UFC champ didn't beat Mayweather in boxing debut, he does think things would be different if there was to be a rematch.

Speaking to the BBC, the Dubliner said: "He [Mayweather] was a tactical genius in there, he changed his gameplan three times and that is the sign of a true champion," said McGregor.

"If it happened in a rematch, it's a simple adjustment of me having a heavier sparring partner coming in the later rounds, leaning on me and walking me down.

"My sparring in the lead-up to the camp was always against fast-twitch, light-on-their-toes opponents, I was never against forward pressure because he [Mayweather] had never fought like that. That took us by surprise and I got beat,

"But if we had a rematch I would correct that and beat him."

Words: Paddy Maddison

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James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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