Not many fans were convinced with Conor McGregor’s apology for his controversial antics at Bellator 187 last week, where the Irishman rushed the cage to celebrate with SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward, who knocked out John Redmond in the first round.
McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, shoved referee Marc Goddard and slapped a Bellator employee during the frenzy, but later issued an apology on social media and promised to hold himself to a ‘higher standard’.
In his original, unedited apology, ‘The Notorious’ referred to Marc Goddard as ‘Marc Gonard’, and UFC fighter turned commentator Dan Hardy, who has been notably supportive of McGregor in the past, doesn’t believe his apology was sincere and called his statement a ‘sh-t sandwich’.
Hardy, who was forced to retire from the sport in 2013 due to a rare, symptomless heart condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, got into an exchange with a fan on Twitter and called McGregor’s behavior ‘reckless and disrespectful.’
you really aren't understanding the situation are you?! I'm a fan of Conor, but this behavior is bad for MMA.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) November 14, 2017
and I still stand by the actual fact, that it was reckless and disrespectful. Same as the governing bodies and UFC.— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) November 14, 2017
McGregor, 29, hasn’t made any other statements since his apology and is expected to return to the Octagon to defend his lightweight title in the new year. ABC president Mike Mazulli, however, said the Irishman was expected to return at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 but was removed from the pay-per-view due to his controversial antics at Bellator 187.
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