Saturday 18 November 2017

Commission chief claims Conor McGregor has been pulled from UFC 219 over Bellator 187 antics

Conor McGregor
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Mike Mazzulli, the director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation(MTDAR) and president of Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC), has claimed that Conor McGregor has been axed from UFC 219 over his behaviour at Bellator 187.

McGregor was filmed pushing referee Marc Goddard and striking a Bellator employee after his SBG teammate Charlie Ward scored a first round TKO win over compatriot John Redmond in the Three Arena last Friday.

The UFC lightweight champion entered the ring and joyously hugged Ward even though the ref had yet to stop the fight.

Mazzulli contacted top officials in the UFC following the flashpoints and has claimed that McGregor has been pulled from the December 30 event as a result.

“I had some executives from the UFC contact me within two hours of what occurred, and they basically said to me that it is completely unacceptable in their eyes and that they will be doing something,” Mazzulli told The MMA Hour. “They did inform me that he was set to be on the December 30th card and he will not be on it. So, I do commend UFC to some extent for doing that.”

McGregor had not been confirmed for UFC 219 but it was believed that he was in line to face interim titlist Tony Ferguson on the card.

McGregor is not licenced with the MTDAR but they are exploring whether or not they can take action against the Dubliner.

“I will be speaking to my attorneys upon returning to the United States and see if I have any action,” said Mazzulli. “I did contact the members of the ABC that does have him licence and I did inform them on what had occurred. Now, I don’t know what they are going to do. Each commission is autonomous within the ABC, but we do share medicals and the safety aspect as well as rules and regulations.”

“If it was at Mohegan, there is no doubt in my mind he would be suspended and fined, and he would not be fighting at Mohegan for a minimum of six months,” he added later. “No doubt.”

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