Conor McGregor stole the spotlight Friday night at Bellator 187. The UFC lightweight champion ran into the cage to celebrate with his SBG Ireland teammate, Charlie Ward knocked out his opponent, John Redmond.
After McGregor was told to leave the cage by referee Marc Goddard, he pushed Goddard. It appeared to be threatening Goddard until he was separated during the incident. McGregor also pushed a Bellator official during the incident.
Many fans and media members have called for a punishment for McGregor. Mike Mazzulli, who is the president of both the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) and the association of boxing commissions gave a statement about McGregor’s actions. The MTDAR was regulating Bellator 187 even though it was in Ireland.
Here is Mazzulli’s statement.
“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 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.”