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Italian jab DJ who alleges Conor McGregor punched him during party makes official complaint to police

'He can do better than this..He can be better than this. What happens, he punches a guy tomorrow and that guy dies'

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Conor McGregor pictured at the Black Forge ladies final in Irishtown stadium recently.

Conor McGregor pictured at the Black Forge ladies final in Irishtown stadium recently.

Conor McGregor pictured at the Black Forge ladies final in Irishtown stadium recently.

The celebrity Italian DJ who claims Conor McGregor punched him in the face during a party in Rome on October 16 has confirmed he filed a complaint with Italian law enforcement several days after the incident. 

In an interview on Thursday, Francesco Facchinetti told ESPN that he had filed a complaint with the police because he wants to “raise awareness about McGregor's recent behavior”.

Facchinetti claims he suffered a cut lip and damage to his neck, though he did not specify the neck injury.

"It's something about ethics, and Conor is f---ing dangerous," Facchinetti told ESPN. "This is a problem."

"He can do better than this," Facchinetti added. "He can be better than this. What happens, he punches a guy tomorrow and that guy dies? What happens? What happens to MMA?"

Facchinetti said he was at dinner with American actress Bella Thorne and her husband, Benjamin Mascolo when McGregor contacted Thorne and invited her and Mascolo to a party at the St Regis hotel.

Facchinetti and his wife also attended the party where Facchinetti said he got along well with McGregor and McGregor's friends and they chatted and drank for hours.

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Conor McGregor was in Rome with his partner Dee Devlin for their son Rian's christening

Conor McGregor was in Rome with his partner Dee Devlin for their son Rian's christening

Conor McGregor was in Rome with his partner Dee Devlin for their son Rian's christening

However, according to Facchinetti, McGregor's demeanor changed and he appeared angry when Thorne and Mascolo said they were leaving the party.

Facchinetti alleges that McGregor then punched him in the face with his right hand before he was pulled away by his bodyguards.

The DJ was allegedly left with a bloody face while McGregor's bodyguards asked Facchinetti and his wife to leave the party.

Facchinetti said that 35 minutes after he and his wife returned to their hotel he called the police.

Officers who came to his room advised him to go to the hospital, where, he said, he was told he sustained a neck injury.

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Three days after the alleged incident, Facchinetti said he went to a police station in his home city of Milan and filed an official complaint against McGregor.

"I'm sad," added Facchinetti. "I'm working inside the MMA world and I'm absolutely in love with that world."

McGregor was in Rome at the time for his son's christening at the Vatican and to pick up his Lamborghini boat.

When he was asked about the incident at a news conference, UFC president Dana White declined to comment.

"I honestly don't even know enough about it to comment on it," White said.

"I haven't talked to Conor, so I don't know what the truth is. I don't know exactly what happened. So, to comment on it, I really can't."

Facchinetti said he was unsure whether he would also file a lawsuit against McGregor and will wait to see what happens with the police.

"For me, it's not about money," Facchinetti said.

"I don't care about money. I'm rich. I have everything. I have a wife, I have four babies. I have my life. If Conor McGregor wants to give me $10 million, [I don't] care."

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