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Conor McGregor says he 'would have been happy' to lose money on Black Forge Inn

'I just wanted to buy it and redo it. It’s a place myself and fiancée have been coming for many years'

Conor McGregor enjoys a pint in the Black Forge

Alan Sherry

UFC fighter Conor McGregor said he wasn’t worried about losing money when bought his Dublin pub The Black Forge Inn.

The Crumlin native said that said while he didn’t buy the Drimnagh venue for profit he thought it might now be “the biggest of them all”.

“I would have been happy losing money here,” he said.

“I just wanted to buy it and redo it. It’s a place myself and fiancée have been coming for many years.

“I just wanted a place I could call my own. I could feel safe coming into it.

“It had nothing to do with profit in my mind. I just wanted a place I could feel safe in, chill and have fun in.”

Two petrol bombs were thrown at the pub in January.

McGregor also bought the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh last year. That pub was the scene of an attack by McGregor on innocent customer Desmond Keogh (51) in 2019.

McGregor punched the innocent man because he wouldn’t drink McGregor’s whiskey.

McGregor was later convicted and fined in court over the matter.

When McGregor announced he was buying the pub last year he posted on social media saying: “yer man is barred” in reference to his innocent victim.

Mr Keogh said he had no intention of setting foot in the pub again after McGregor bought it.

Investment costs contributed to the company operating the Black Forge Inn to record losses of €441,649 last year.

Jemi Ventures Ltd put a book value of €3.64m on the pub building and tangible assets at the end of last year.

The loss for last year includes a non-cash depreciation charge of €317,262.

Buildings owned by the company had a book value of €2m while fixtures and fittings were valued at €1.63m.

Meanwhile, McGregor has revealed plans for his return to the Octagon after suffering a leg break injury in his last fight last summer.

McGregor, who has been out injured after breaking his leg in a fight against Dustin Poirier last July, said he was hoping to fight UFC welterweight title holder Kamaru Usman in his comeback fight.

“I believe versus Usman for the 170-pound title for my comeback is the one I’m eyeballing at the minute,” he told his own YouTube channel.

“Now I haven’t really said that to no one to be honest, I’ve only been thinking that for the last couple of days because for what cut the weight? I’ve already won the 155-pound title, I got myself down to a lightweight frame, but I’m big now. I feel big, I feel strong, I feel healthy, I’ve got good energy. I’m coming back after a gruesome injury. I do not want to deplete myself, there should be no need to deplete myself.

“And I feel confident against Usman. A jab happy, sloppy, orthodox wrestler with no submissions whatsoever. What’s he gonna do? Where’s the danger here? I don’t see a danger with him. His ground-and-pound isn’t strong, plus he’s on the older side. And then plus the world is to be took again. The triple crown. No one’s ever obtained three knockouts in three weight divisions moving up like I have already, but no one’s ever obtained three UFC world titles cross three divisions like I will do also if we make this fight.”

He didn’t say when the fight would take place but suggested it might be late summer.

McGregor, who has not held a title in UFC since 2018, also dismissed criticism that he shouldn’t be given a title shot for his comeback.

“Enough is enough with the disrespect that comes my way,” McGregor said. “People are gonna give me my respect for the many facets of my game. My fighting style and everything else. I’m gonna waltz right back into a title shot, make no mistake about it. It’s that or I won’t, you know what I mean? It has to be a title shot. What else can it f****** be?

“Now I’m saying that, let’s see how things shake up. There’s plenty of fights. I’m a fighter at the end of the day. I’ll say that, but I’ll probably f****** do anything because I just want to fight and compete. But I want that gold belt. I’m gonna get that world title that has the Irish tricolour emblazoned on it. I’m the reason that tricolour is on that UFC world title. So I’m eager to get my hands on that belt.”

UFC boss Dana White said he was willing to discuss the potential title fight with McGregor.

"Yeah, it's interesting, I hadn't heard that. He's coming into Vegas, we're getting together and we're gonna talk. We'll see what's next... Any Conor fight is good money-wise."

Usman responded to McGregor’s comments on social media. “You guys want a murder scene in the octagon,” he wrote.

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