It’s everywhere by now in big bold letters. Conor McGregor storms into the Bellator cage, not once, but twice. He shoves around Marc Goddard and slaps a Bellator official like he’s trying to do his best Nate Diaz impression. What you may haven’t seen yet, is video directly after the chaos. Conor McGregor galloped outside with his friends and teammates, still reeling from Charle Ward’s victory and the pandemonium he caused. Immediately, he carries on about ‘rat’ referee Marc Goddard.
“I was still trying to say, ‘Keep going,’ and it’s that same referee [Marc Goddard] who I lost me head with him [at UFC Gdansk]. I said, ‘It’s you, you rat.’ He nearly f-cking crapped his jocks. Oh, it was a beautiful shot [from Charlie Ward]. [John Redmond]’s out cold, we all knew he was out cold and he’s still trying to call it. ‘Oh no, he wasn’t the fight’s not over.’ I said, ‘It’s you, you rat. I see you.’” — Conor McGregor outside at Bellator 187.
The UFC hasn’t released any statement on McGregor’s conduct at the Bellator event, but the President of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) Mike Mazzulli was regulating the event and has been in contact with them. Little did we know that Conor McGregor would return to MMA and his biggest new feud would be with Marc Goddard. Here are Goddard’s comments regarding his back-and-forth with McGregor back during Artem Lobov’s fight with Andre Fili at UFC Gdansk.
“The reason I interjected is because Artem [Lobov] gets a fourth cornerman cage side giving instruction. That’s not allowed. Imagine had Conor [McGregor] talked him through a fight-ending sequence. Then what? 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. 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. We can’t allow that. I simply had to act.” — Referee Marc Goddard speaking to MMA Fighting after UFC Gdansk.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/11/2017