The head of the commission that oversaw Friday’s Bellator 187 event has issued a statement regarding a fracas involving UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Mike Mazzulli, who’s president of both the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) and the Association of Boxing Commissions, today sent the statement to MMAjunkie. In it, he says “McGregor’s conduct jeopardized the health and safety” of fighters who were in the cage during the Ireland event.
During the main card, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin and aired via same-day delay on Spike, McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) earned a first-round TKO win over John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). However, videos of McGregor crashing the cage after the Ward fight quickly hit social media.
McGregor, who was not a licensed cornerman at the event, scaled the cage as part of a celebration – before the bout’s conclusion, according to Mazzulli. But he then shoved Marc Goddard when the veteran referee tried to have the UFC lightweight champion removed from the cage while medical personnel tended to Redmond.
Mazzulli said McGregor “assaulted Referee Mark Goddard and a Bellator staff” (member) in the statement.
“The MTDAR has been in consultation with the upper management of the UFC regarding Mr. McGregor’s inappropriate and unacceptable behavior,” his statement read. “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.”
There’s no immediate word on possible repercussions for McGregor, though it’s likely outside of the MTDAR’s and ABC’s jurisdiction. Instead, any penalties would likely have to come from a commission that regulates any of his future fights.
Here’s the full statement:
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“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.”
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