Last night there were some great fights at Bellator 187, but it was a UFC fighter who stole the show. Conor McGregor stormed the cage as his Straight Blast Gym teammate Charlie Ward finished John Redmond at the Dublin card and started a pandemonium not seen since the infamous Strikeforce brawl. He shoved referee Marc Goddard and even slapped an official in the face. President of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) Mike Mazzulli was regulating the event and has released an official statement about the incident.
“While the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) was regulating Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland, on November 10th, 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.”
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 10, 2017
“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.” — Mike Mazzulli, director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation via MMA Fighting.
Conor McGregor’s wild antics may finally catch up to him. Dana White and respective commissions in the past have no been lenient when it comes to fighters putting their hands on referees. McGregor could face stiff penalties, including hefty fines as well as even being suspended. While always controversial, this would be McGregor’s second offense from the commission’s standpoint. The first being the bottle throwing incident with Nate Diaz back at UFC 202. It will be up to the Nevada and New York commissions to place sanction on Conor McGregor, or any other place he is licensed under.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/11/2017