Conor McGregor Issues Official Statement On Bellator 187 Melee

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Conor McGregor has finally issued an official statement on his controversial in-cage incident at last Friday’s (November 10, 2017) Bellator 187 from Dublin, Ireland.

After his teammate and good friend Charlie Ward won a late-round TKO over fellow Irishman John Redmond, McGregor jumped into the cage to celebrate with Ward. But as referee Marc Goddard was still trying to determine if the fight should have continued, he urged McGregor to step back to allow him to do his job by putting his hands on the outspoken UFC champion, and that’s when all hell broke loose.

McGregor shoved Goddard, who had scolded him for being too involved in a fight he was officiating only weeks before in Gdansk, Poland, and after chaos ensued, eventually left the cage. But after a victory lap for fans, McGregor jumped back on the cage wall and slapped a security guard who was trying to get him down. “The Notorious” largely remained quiet on the subject until issuing a response on Twitter blaming Goddard for the chaos before quickly deleting it.

Today (Tues., November 13, 2017), however, McGregor issued an official statement on his Instagram account apologizing for the incident but still taking issue with Goddard’s decision during the bout:

“I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin. While trying to support a loyal teammate and friend, I let my emotions get the best of me and acted out of line. As a multiple weight UFC champion, executive producer, role model and public figure, I must hold myself to a higher standard.

“The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the wishes of the said fighters coach. The fight was over. After witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the opponent passed away from his injuries on the night, I thought the worst was about to happen again, and I lost it and over reacted.

“I am sorry to everyone. I sincerely apologize to the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time. That side will always have my respect, and lastly every one of my fans. I love yous all! I’ve always learned from my mistakes and this will be no different.”

I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin. While trying to support a loyal teammate and friend, I let my emotions get the best of me and acted out of line. As a multiple weight UFC champion, executive producer, role model and public figure, I must hold myself to a higher standard. The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the wishes of the said fighters coach. The fight was over. After witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the opponent passed away from his injuries on the night, I thought the worst was about to happen again, and I lost it and over reacted. I am sorry to everyone. I sincerely apologize to the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time. That side will always have my respect, and lastly every one of my fans. I love yous all! I’ve always learned from my mistakes and this will be no different.

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  • DG

    The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force the fight to continue into the second round.

    No. He just hadn’t officially called the fight off yet. And if you’re so worried about the unconscious fighter’s safety maybe don’t go running over there and knock him over.

  • brian nunziato

    McGregor might learn from his mistakes when someone puts a bullet in his head. The man is a complete moron.

    • Eric Carstens

      so much pain here

  • FeministFriendly

    Even though Coner McGregor is “CONOR MCGREGOR”, its not really legal for him to suddenly decide that he’s the referee too. Or that he’s suddenly the police or an EMT or an airplane pilot. Even though he is conor mcgregor, there has to be some restrictions to him just making up his own rules whenever he feels like it.

  • leonaidis

    He is still milking that he was at an event were a fighter died? What a schmuck. And when has this clown ever held himself to any standard? He’s a clown that will do anything for money accept fight the best. This probably got him out of the Ferguson fight, a fight Conor clearly doesn’t want. Time to send this hyped up joker to the wwe with Ronda.

    • Uxzuigal

      Honestly, after seeing a fighter die in the ring, and what transpired in the cage here… Id be bloody shocked if it didn’t bring a flashback to a fighter dying. While his actions weren’t OK, it’s rather shocking that a referee like Marc Godard making such mistakes.

      • leonaidis

        It wasn’t a mistake by Godard, he was following the rules. He had to check the time, did he stop the fight, or did the round end? In this case Godard found out after the childish antics of Conor, that he ended the fight before the round ended. If the round had ended it’s not up to Godard to stop the fight, it’s up to the doctor to see if the fighter can continue in between rounds. So Godard did nothing wrong. He did everything by the book. Conor and anyone that even follows MMA should know the basic rules, and customs of the sport they are fans of. I get that ignorant, new fans that watch only for the spectacle don’t know the rules, but Conor sure as hell does. There is no way you can put any of the blame on Godard.

        Some blame can be put on security that allowed a clearly drunken fan get out of the stands, in to the fight area, and in to the octagon.

        But 99% this is on Conor. If he was worried about the fighters health he wouldn’t have run him over, kneeing him at the same time trying to get at Godard. He wouldn’t have delayed the doctor getting to the fighter.

        Conor is full of shit, and any body that buys his excuse aren’t even shit. They be retarded shit.

        • Uxzuigal

          There seems to be more deep seated issues with you than just hating on Conor tbh, other than being a self proclaimed troll. This is not worth pursuing other than to say I disagree with your assesment.

          • leonaidis

            I don’t like what the fans of Conor has done to the sport of mma, they’ve taken it back to the “dark ages”, the time when it was more spectacle than sport. I’ve been involved in the sport for 20+ years, sense the day of nhb, and I’ve fought to make mma a legit sport. Trying to make it an olympic sport again. That’s all gone now.

            Can’t really blame Conor, he doesn’t care about the sport, or the fans. He cares about making bank. I think I would sell out MMA as well for tens of millions of dollars.

            But it still hurts to see the ufc, and the new ignorant fans are turning the sport of MMA in to entertainment, in to some sort of new wwe.

            But my feelings don’t change the facts I stated above. Godard is in no way to blame, he was doing his job perfectly, following the MMA commissions protocol and rules. The rules clearly state that he has to check if the fighter was saved by the bell, or if he, the ref, stopped the fight before the bell. If he was saved by the bell, it’s up to the doctor to determine if he can continue to fight. But until that call is made, the fight is still on. And no one but cornermen are allowed in the octagon before the fight is over.

            With Conor experience he should know this, every athlete knows the fundamental rules of the sport they practice.

          • Uxzuigal

            Don’t get me wrong, I dislike what Conor did here, and he was way out of line. From what I heard the corner of the guy wanted the fight stopped, and Godard did not hear/heed it. I find this rather bad.

            I’ve been following UFC since 1997 myself, back on good old Laser Disc – while I loved the sport back then, I still think that it’s grown into a better sport with a more serious focus – Sure we had some really spectacular fights back then, but it mostly happend because either there were two not very skilled fighters with a whole lot of heart, or one guy steamrolling someone clearly outmatched. From a sports perspective.. that isn’t a good thing.

            As far as the entertainment, “feuds” and what not… we still had those “back in the day” – there were some legendary feuds…. but today we’ve got other medias making everything a whole lot more public and messed up – it’s like with news about terror these days… There were more terror attacks before but it seems like there are more in the current day, which is wrong.

            I think it’s more about how the whole world evolved, and MMA has had to follow it, or it would be “dead”.

          • leonaidis

            I still think that we could’ve evolved it in to a serious mainstream sport. In the long run that would’ve been better, MMA wouldn’t have gotten as big as fast, but they would have a more stable fan base. People that are fans of the sport, and not just a certain fighter.

            The lousy PPV sales, not selling as much tickets as before the new owners etc etc. Are all due to not having “stars fighting” for the new ignorant fans, and losing long time fans like me due to money fights and other spectacles, and all this silly drama on the side that really offends what martial arts traditionally was about, honor and being the perfect fighter.

            Evolving it as a sport would’ve really opened MMA up to the masses. Many still shy away from MMA because of reputation it almost got rid off. Now that reputation is back “just a bunch of savages fighting in a cage”.

            But you are right, the world has changed, it used to be that people shied away from MMA because of the brutality, now more and more people demand to see KO’s or bloody war, or drama outside the cage to hype it up to like fights. I think that’s just because they are uneducated about the sport and can’t see the beauty and spectacle in perfect technique, strategy and skill.

            The fact that DJ is so underrated is a perfect example of that.

          • Uxzuigal

            You raise a fair point and I agree with you for the most part. But there is hope, a generation of genuinely interested fans are still here – on major events we usualy gather 20-30 people here whom are for the most part very educated in the sport.

            There will always be noise and rowdy fans in all sports – the most important part is appriciating the sportsmanship and skills yourself I think. 🙂

            And yeah DJ is underrated to a ridicilous level. For me GSP cemented his P4P King title coming back, going up a division and winning the belt against another underrated fighter: Michael Bisping (I don’t like em, but no way to really deny and be serious at the same time that he’s got skills).

          • leonaidis

            Back in the day, if there was a NHB/MMA event here in Scandinavia I used to know almost everybody in the audience. Almost everybody that followed MMA, trained MMA or some other form of martial arts. Back then you can talk about a educated fan base. But then again there were only a couple of thousand at those events.

            If the UFC would’ve put as much money and time in to promoting the sport of mma. as they have in “stars” like Ronda and Conor, They’d have more fans now, and a more stable fan base. Stars always burn out, hyped stars often fast. Just see what happened to Ronda.

            The only thing a average Conor fan knows about fighting is that they love Conor, and that he is bigger than the Beatles and Christ put together. Start talking kimuras and gogoplatas with them, and they’ll say they don’t like sushi. And when you talk about a Conor fight with them, they talk more about what he said and how he acted, than what he did, or did not do in the fight.