How did the man at the center of Friday’s Conor McGregor melee at Bellator 187 handle another sudden thrust into the spotlight? He’s as level-headed as always.
During the event, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin, 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, long before that main-card bout aired on Spike via same-day delay in the U.S., videos of McGregor crashing the cage after the Ward fight quickly spread on social media.
McGregor, who was not a licensed cornerman at the event, scaled the cage as part of a celebration. 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.
Here was the frantic scene (via Twitter):
Additional footage showed that McGregor took a swipe at a Bellator employee who tried to get “Notorious” down from the top of the cage.
Goddard, one of the sport’s more recognizable and respected officials, today issued a statement. As with the melee on Friday, the veteran ref remained calmed and professional (via Twitter):
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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.