Conor McGregor tried to physically fight Machine Gun Kelly at MTV VMAs

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Conor McGregor is up to his old antics once again.

The recently defeated MMA star got into a physical altercation with musician and rapper Machine Gun Kelly on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, which nearly culminated in a full blown fight. 

The reasons behind the incident are still unclear, but here's what's been reported. According to TMZ, McGregor saw Kelly on the red carpet and wanted to say hello, or according to People, wanted to get a photo with him. As he approached, Kelly reportedly said something to his security, who then pushed McGregor away. 

McGregor did not like that, so he apparently started mouthing off to Kelly before throwing his drink in Kelly's general direction and lunging at him. He was held back by Kelly's security before the two could reach each other, and McGregor then went inside to watch the show and present an award, which is why he was there to begin with. The red carpet incident was caught on video by an eagle-eyed VMA attendee, and photographers managed to snap some pictures while it was going down.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Conor McGregor attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.   Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS/AFP / AFP / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Noam Galai
Conor McGregor had to be held back from fighting Machine Gun Kelly on the MTV VMAs red carpet. (Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS/AFP/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA)

After, McGregor was reportedly given back his walking cane, which he'd dropped during the incident. He's using the cane as he continues recovering from breaking his tibia at UFC 264 in July, which he lost to Dustin Poirier in the first round via technical knockout.

Following the kerfuffle, McGregor gave a typically defiant interview to Entertainment Tonight. 

For Conor McGregor, the more things change, the more he stays the same.