Conor McGregor has claimed that the Miami Heat mascot he knocked out last week is doing well and that they spoke about the incident after Game 4 of the Finals in Miami.
Video footage emerged last Friday of the Dubliner and Heat mascot Burnie facing off against each other during a break in play in the third quarter of the game between Miami and the Denver Nuggets.
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McGregor knocked the mascot to the floor with a punch. With Burnie lying in the center of the court, McGregor delivered another punch to the mascot before he was fanned and dragged away by the Heat's entertainment crew.
It later came to light that the incident was a promotional stunt for McGregor's TIDL sports recovery spray.
McGregor sprayed the mascot with TIDL as he was dragged away, and the announcer added, "Oh mercy! Burnie, you're going to need some TIDL yourself, baby!"
Although some people bought into the skit, reports also emerged that Burnie required medical treatment as a result of the altercation with the Crumlin native.
UFC boss Dana White addressed the incident at the UFC 289 post-fight press conference, saying, "What's up with mascots getting punched in the face by professional fighters? What do you expect? What are those mascot things made out of?
"Unless you're like the Golden Knights mascot... with a metal helmet... I wouldn't have professional fighters punch me in the face if I was a mascot; it doesn't seem like the brightest thing in the world."
McGregor has provided clarification on the situation, stating that Burnie is fine and that the two spoke afterward. He told TMZ in New York, "The mascot is good. It was a skit, and all is well. I spent a lot of time with him afterward; we talked it out, and everything was great. It was all part of the show!"
McGregor, whose last fight was a defeat to Dustin Poirier in July 2021, is rumored to make a comeback later this year against American fighter Michael Chandler.
Details of the fight are yet to be released.