Dublin, Ireland was the scene of another cage altercation between referee Marc Goddard and UFC superstar Conor McGregor, and once again, McGregor wasn’t one of the competitors on the bout sheet, nor was he a licensed cornerman. Bellator held its 187th card at the 3Arena yesterday, and was a fairly straightforward affair until McGregor’s teammate Charlie Ward won his fight against John Redmond.
As soon as Goddard waved off the fight (a knockout win for Ward), McGregor rushed the cage to celebrate with his teammate. Goddard tried to get control of his cage, but was shoved by McGregor for his effort. A Bellator employee, Mike Johnson, was also slapped in the face by “The Notorious” during the ruckus.
Mike Mazulli, the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) and the director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, who was overseeing regulatory operations for the event, released a statement citing McGregor’s behavior as “inappropriate and unacceptable” (H/T MMAFighting):
“While the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) was regulating Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland, on November 10, 2017, the following events took place during the Ward vs Redmond bout.
Mr. Conor McGregor who was a spectator at the time, disrupted the event by scaling the cage prior to the conclusion of the bout. Mr. McGregor’s conduct jeopardized the health and safety of the bout participants by delaying necessary medical attention to the fighters that were injured during the round.
In addition, Mr. McGregor assaulted Referee Mark Goddard and a Bellator staff.
The MTDAR has been in consultation with the upper management of the UFC regarding Mr. McGregor’s inappropriate and unacceptable behavior.
The MTDAR has also contacted members of the Association of Boxing Commissioners that have licensed Mr. McGregor in their jurisdictions to inform them of Mr. McGregor’s behavior.”
Goddard has only made mention of the altercation via Twitter:
“I operate with integrity, belief and values. I hold MMA in a deep rooted place in my life and have considered myself most fortunate to have done so for so long. Family first. Everything else second. Respect.”
I operate with integrity, belief and values.— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) November 11, 2017
I hold MMA in a deep rooted place in my life and have considered myself most fortunate to have done so for so long.
Family first. Everything else second.
This is McGregor’s second run-in with the referee in less than a month. He was ordered back to his seat by Goddard after shouting instructions to Artem Lobov during his fight with Andre Fili late last month during the UFC Gdansk card. Conor was not a licensed cornerman for that fight either.