Fallout of McGregor’s Bellator 187 Incident
The main talking point of Bellator 187 didn’t come during the main event. In one of the other main card bouts, Charlie Ward knocked out John Redmond. Then, the events in well-known footage that has gone viral since happened.
UFC champion Conor McGregor, in attendance to support some of his teammates competing that evening, stormed the cage to celebrate with Ward. Referee Marc Goddard then intervened, since McGregor was not a licensed cornerman and cannot be anywhere near cageside, and McGregor and Goddard got into an altercation.
Early Saturday morning, the MMA referee took to Twitter to write a statement regarding the incident.
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.
— Marc Goddard (@marcgoddard_uk) November 11, 2017
Just three weeks ago, a similar event happened at a UFC event in Poland. McGregor came to cageside to yell instructions to teammate Artem Lobov, who was competing in a bout. In a move quite unprecedented, Goddard halted the action briefly to force McGregor back to his seat in the crowd.
But Goddard was not the only one to express his thoughts on Saturday, as Mike Mazzulli, the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) and the director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, also released a statement. Mazzulli described McGregor’s actions as assaulting Goddard, as well as a Bellator MMA staff member, and that McGregor jeopardized the safety and well-being of others around him.
“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 [sic] 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.”
According to Mazzulli and the commissions, only one of the licensed commissions McGregor has competed in can discipline him for his actions. McGregor has only competed in Nevada and New York over the last year.
As of Saturday evening, the UFC has not released a statement on McGregor’s actions. It is unknown if, and, if so, to what extent, McGregor will be punished by the promotion.