Conor McGregor wasn’t the first fighter in UFC history to be caught using a homophobic slur, but he might be the most prominent.
The lightweight champion was captured on film using the term “f——t” to describe Andre Fili backstage at UFC Fight Night 118 following teammate Artem Lobov’s loss to Fili in Gdansk, Poland, on Oct. 21.
Dana White recently addressed the issue in a brief interview with TMZ Sports, and the UFC president says that he doesn’t condone such remarks.
“We’ve had a problem with that lately,” White said. “It’s been more than him. We’ve had a problem with that. It’s a thing that you have to educate people on. I’ve had my history with it myself. It’s definitely a problem, and something we need to focus on.”
McGregor isn’t the only one to have been caught using a homophobic slur recently. During an altercation with Michael Bisping the fighters’ hotel in New York City, Jorge Masvidal appears to use the same derogatory term at the conclusion of the incident. The video of the confrontation has since been taken down.
McGregor, meanwhile, apologized for his actions during an appearance on “The Late, Late Show.” The Irishman also cited his efforts to support the LGBT community when he previously campaigned to legalize gay marriage in his home country.
“What else is he going to do?” White said. “If he apologized and that’s not enough, what else can you do?” he asked. “You can donate money… whatever. I don’t know.”