Saturday 17 March 2018

ABC President releases statement regarding Conor McGregor's behaviour at Bellator 187

Conor McGregor argues with referee Marc Goddard after Charlie Ward's first round knockout of John Redmond at Bellator 187. Credit: Bellator MMA Twitter.
Conor McGregor argues with referee Marc Goddard after Charlie Ward's first round knockout of John Redmond at Bellator 187. Credit: Bellator MMA Twitter. Newsdesk Newsdesk

Mike Mazzulli, the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) and the director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, released a statement on Saturday claiming that UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor assaulted referee Marc Goddard at Bellator 187 at the 3 Arena in Dublin on Friday.

McGregor was at the Bellator 187 event to watch his friend Charlie Ward take on John Redmond.

Ward had just knocked out Redmond in the final seconds of the first round when McGregor jumped into the cage to celebrate with his friend, in a clear breach of rules.

Goddard immediately ran to McGregor in an attempt to get him to leave the cage when the pair became involved in an altercation.

Mazzulli, the regulator for the event, said that McGregor's behaviour jeopardised Ward and Redmond's safety and that the Dubliner assaulted referee Mark Goddard and Bellator staff member Mike Johnson.

Mazzuli said in a statement (via MMA Fighting):

"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."

Goddard, who just last month reprimanded McGregor for repeatedly yelling instructions at Artem Lobov during the Russian’s loss to Andre Fili at  UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland, was not a fan of the Dubliner (who was not a licensed cornerman for Ward’s fight) entering the cage just seconds after the bout’s conclusion.

Goddard tweeted after the event:

"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.


It is not immediately clear whether McGregor will face any disciplinary action by the UFC or a regulatory body.

However, after the event Mazzulli told the Telegraph: "Mr. McGregor is not bigger than the sport of MMA."

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