Goddard Explains Order to McGregor
During the second round of the Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov fight on the prelims of UFC Gdansk, something bizarre and unusual happened — action was paused in the middle of the second round. This was not for an eye poke, or a low blow, but to order somebody at ringside to back off into the crowd.
The referee doing this action was Marc Goddard and the offender in question is none other than UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. McGregor, who is Lobov’s teammate out of SBG Ireland but not a licensed cornerman, was shouting directions to Lobov throughout the match, until Goddard stepped in and forced McGregor to leave the area.
“Conor was basically acting like a fourth cornerman. Walking around the cage side wherever and whenever he wanted. When Fili took down Artem, Conor was right there. That’s simply not fair and not allowed. I won’t have it. He can’t do as he pleases.”
Goddard emphasized that just because McGregor may be the face of the UFC, if not all of modern combat sports, it doesn’t mean he can get away with everything he does. Goddard said he wouldn’t have interfered if McGregor was doing what he did from the crowd.
“If Conor had stood up, stayed at his seat, then he could have shouted till his hearts content. That’s what he’s supposed to do. But what he simply cannot do, what he is not allowed to do, is approach the cage at any point and as I say act as the fourth corner. That’s unfair and unjust. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’ve done this forever, in any country in any situation. My integrity is not wavered and neither is the rules.”
Of course, this arguably wasn’t the biggest black eye to hit McGregor at the Poland event.
Original story: MMA Fighting