Ahmed Abdirzak, the man who allegedly had his phone stolen and damaged by Conor McGregor a few days ago, recently spoke out about the incident (video here), which ultimately saw “Notorious” get arrested.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Michael Bisping, however, is not a big fan of Ahmed pressing charges and making it into a much bigger deal than what it really is.
“Look at Kanye West outside LAX. Kanye West grabbed someone’s camera and smashed it up,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast (via Bloody Elbow). “He never got arrested, though. So this guy’s – I’ll just say this guy’s a bit of a f—king dick, to press charges.”
Still, Michael isn’t necessarily defending “Notorious” for his actions.
“He’s a very, very recognizable famous person. And by the way, I’m not jumping to his defense, (I’m) just being real. He has to deal with this shit on a daily basis, it must drive him up the f—king wall,” said Bisping. “And who knows? I read in the article that it was 5am in the morning. You’re coming in, you’re a bit pissed. You don’t want a picture of you looking a bit drunk at 5am all over the place. You’re like ‘No, buddy, I’m sorry. I’d appreciate it if we didn’t do a picture,” he added.
“Sometimes, you’re not f—king camera ready, because you know that’s going on Instagram, it’s gonna do the rounds, and they’re gonna show the mates. Sometimes, you’re just like ‘You know what, I’d rather just shake your hand, and have a conversation with you for five minutes, and have a real connection. I’m sure that would be more worthwhile for you.’”
“But everybody wants it for the ‘gram,’” he continued. “It’s all about Instagram, they want to get that picture. And he flipped. He lost his f—king temper and he grabbed the phone and smashed it. It’s not a big deal. It really, really isn’t.”
Being a highly-recognizable figure himself, “The Count” has the advantage of seeing the other side of the coin and says he’s had the urge to do the same thing.
“Some people, they do push it, though. Some people f—king push it, they do,” Bisping said. “I’ve had them with the cameras, filming you and stuff, and you’re like ‘Alright, dude. Put the camera away. What are you doing?’ And they won’t listen, they won’t learn. He did what I wanted to do. Sometimes, I wish I could take someone’s phone and smash it on the f—king floor. So fair play to him.”
Interestingly enough, Bisping knows a thing or three about out-of-the cage confrontations with your average Joe, as he was previously sued by a gym-goer after he accused “The Count” of allegedly choking him during a weight-lifting session.
Still, had Conor’s alleged victim not pressed charges, he wouldn’t have a police record on file to back up his claims when it comes time to recoup the damages estimated at over $1000 for the broken device.
It is what it is?