Lead Regulator Sounds Off On Conor McGregor’s ‘Assaults’ At Bellator 187

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The fight game is anxiously awaiting just what – if any – Conor McGregor’s punishment will be after he stormed the cage and caused an all-out melee while celebrating with victorious teammate Charlie Ward at yesterday’s (Fri., November 10, 2017) Bellator 187 from Dublin, Ireland.

McGregor sent a resonating earthquake through mixed martial arts when he shoved referee Marc Goddard after the longtime official put his hands on him to force McGregor to give him space to check on Ward’s clearly injured foe John Redmond, and ‘The Notorious’ responded in kind by giving Goddard, with whom he clearly has a history, a more powerful shove.

He was cleared from the cage shortly thereafter, but only extended the insane melee even further by climbing onto the cage wall and slapping a security guard named Mike Johnson in the face. The entire event left many in MMA wondering what will happen to McGregor for the disturbing incidents, as fighters like Roy Nelson and Jason High have been suspended and even cut from the UFC for far less violent acts involving in-cage officials.

So with a heap of controversy on their shoulders, Mike Mazzulli, the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC), the director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) that regulates Bellator events in the States, and also the lead regulator who was flown overseas at Bellator 187, issued a statement on the chaos via MMA Fighting describing McGregor’s actions as having ‘jeopardized the safety’ of the fighters present and also ‘assaulted’ Goddard and Bellator staff:

“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.”

The specifications of what could and will happen to McGregor are extremely cloudy at this point, as Mazzulli said any potential fines and suspensions would have to be handed down by a commission McGregor was licensed in, and he’s only fought in Las Vegas and New York the past two years. That means the NSAC or NYSAC would have to decide to punish him for the bizarre occurrence, which could most certainly take place.

For his part, Goddard issued a statement on the scene earlier today but chose to focus more on his commitment to MMA and the values he brings to each fight rather than call out McGregor for his specific actions as Mazzulli did above.

What are your thoughts on the issue? Should McGregor be suspended and/or fined significantly for causing unnecessary all-out chaos at Bellator 187?

  • Samuel Mitchell

    Bury this piece of shit. Enough is enough.

  • FeministFriendly

    Would you expect anything less then erratic behaviour from somebody who drsses like Conor McGregor.

    Anybody who dresses like Conor McGregor should be kept 25 feet away from anything that might make them excitable at all times.

    They’re obviously barely restrained already ever since they woke up and dressed themselves this morning.

  • Fester

    Someone pull the flush handle…McGregor scammed his wealthy retirement; there is no need for him to ever be seen again.

  • Bill Wolf

    It’s good that the regulators are getting into it, because the incidents were severe.

    • FeministFriendly

      You cant just do stuff like that.

      But other then the can throwing thing that he kind of got baited into,
      he doesn’t have a history of violent outbursts outside of the ring as far as I know.

      I dont know if he was out partying being home in Ireland and maybe a little high? Some people are surmising that maybe he wants to get suspended so that he doesn’t have to “lose” the belt?

      But it almost seems kind of out of character for him.
      He doesn’t have a reputation for it.
      Its kind of weird.

      • Bill Wolf

        I agree. The can-throwing incident doesn’t count, because he was provoked into it, so this is a first for Conor McGregor..It seemed out of character, like he was on drugs.

        But, if you want a functioning sport, you can’t let this pass. A slap on the wrist will mean other fighters will feel entitled to act the same, and they will resent it if they are punished.

        It is dangerous to create a precedent like that. Just after a fighter has been knocked out (or choked out) the referee has to be free of interference, to see to the fighters’ health. It’s unacceptable for someone to create a distraction like Conor McGregor did. Sooner or later, a fighter acting like that would create a needless aggravation of an injury.

        Also, it wasn’t one moment of hot blood. If Conor McGregor had jumped into the cage, come to his senses, and jumped out, that would be different. But he went on and on being aggressive to the referee and to security. You can’t have fighters doing that.

  • Shock Wave

    Conor should get “one of a kind” punishment for his actions.

    I still think he should have to fight all the lightweight contenders in one night, Old-style UFC tournament.

    That’s *one* punishment 😁

    Because you know Conor will just laugh if he’s fined.

  • bananaboy

    great fighter beside that a piece of shit

  • Murderous1

    What kind of man straddles another man like that anyway what kind of friendship do they really have to me that was the worst part of the whole thing