MMA superstar Conor McGregor has broken his silence on the video that emerged last week showing the 31-year-old punching an elderly drinker in a pub in April.
Speaking to ESPN, the former featherweight and lightweight champion said: "That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did. I tried to make amends and I made amends back then. But it doesn't matter. I was in the wrong. I must come here before you and take accountability and take responsibility.
"Whatever comes my way, I will face it. Whatever comes my way, I deserve it.
People are trying to bait me into things. Am I the fish or am I the whale? I must be calm, I must be zen. I must lead by example.
"I will face this head-on. I will not hide from it. I was in the wrong. It was completely unacceptable behaviour for a man in my position."
The incident arose when McGregor purchased a bottle of Proper Twelve, his own brand of whiskey, and poured three shots on the bar.
The victim is said to have refused the offer of one of the shots to which McGregor, reportedly offended by the man’s response, appeared to punch him in the head before he was pulled away from the Marble Arch pub in Dublin by his companions.
McGregor added: “I owe it to my mother and my father and my family, I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts - and it is not the reason I got into martial arts or studying combat sport.
The reason I got into it was to defend against that kind of scenario. I have been making steps to do better and be better to see it is like a dagger into my heart as a martial artist.
The fighter faces a minor assault charge after the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled there was enough evidence to charge him.
McGregor is to be summoned to appear at Dublin District Court to answer the charge. If convicted, he will be required to pay a fine for the offence.