'He should have been arrested on the spot' - BBC MMA show blasts Conor McGregor's cage invasion
BBC MMA Show Podcast host Nick Peet has said that UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor should have been 'arrested on the spot' and 'taken to jail' for jumping into the cage after Charlie Ward's win over John Redmond at Bellator 187 in Dublin earlier this month.
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.
Referee Marc Goddard immediately ran to McGregor in an attempt to get him to leave the cage when the pair became involved in an altercation.
As McGregor’s entourage, which included the UFC lightweight Artem Lobov, piled into the cage the pair were quickly separated, although the Irish superstar then appeared to push Goddard up against the cage as he angrily shouted in his face.
McGregor faced no criminal charges for his actions although he was reportedly pulled from UFC 219 for his behaviour.
However, Peet raised the point that McGregor was a specatator, albeit a notorious onlooker, and that in his opinion, McGregor should have been arrested for his cage invasion.
"Let's call this what it was. This was a guy, a spectator out of the crowd, it doesn't matter who he is, let's take away the fact that he's Conor McGregor for a second, this guy is a spectator from the crowd who has leapt into the cage, who has attacked a referee, who has attacked a fighter you could say as well.
"Then he gets dragged out, then he climbs in again, then he slaps an official. Listen, this has got nothing to do with how Bellator should come in now and treat him or even the UFC.
"The UFC hasn't made a statement yet, we're waiting to see what the UFC are going to do about it, but for me, when it comes to the crunch, he was a spectator, he climbed inside the Octagon, he attacked an official, for me, he should have been arrested on the spot and he should have been taken to jail."
The UFC have yet to release a statement on the incident, however, President Dana White cut welterweight Jason High from the promotion after High shoved referee Kevin Mulhall following Rafael dos Anjos’ second-round victory at UFC Fight Night 42 in 2014.
White also said that Heavyweight Roy Nelson needed to be buried after he kicked referee John McCarthy following his knockout victory over Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 95.
Independent.ie columnist Ewan MacKenna also raised the point concerning the criminal nature of McGregor's behaviour in a message posted on his Twitter account after the incident.
"Curious in terms of last two videos I posted how Gardai view Conor McGregor. Classed as a regular member of public, got in ring he isn't allowed in, tried to attack ref, tried to get back in, hit an official, all at a major public event. That's assault, public order offence etc."
Curious in terms of last two videos I posted how Gardai view Conor McGregor. Classed as a regular member of public, got in ring he isn't allowed in, tried to attack ref, tried to get back in, hit an official, all at a major public event. That's assault, public order offence etc— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) November 10, 2017