Marc Goddard Explains Conor McGregor Chaos At Bellator 187


Conor McGregor’s ongoing beef with MMA referee Marc Goddard came to a boiling point at Bellator 187 in Dublin last weekend.

McGregor has faced quite the backlash following his outburst, and now Goddard himself has responded in detail to the madness after having a few days to think it over, issuing a lengthy statement on his Facebook page earlier today (via MMA Fighting):

“I was talking only to Charlie Ward at this point and you will see me put my arms between him and Conor McGregor, trying to separate and restore order to notify him to go back to his corner and continue the rest period, I was trying to communicate with Charlie Ward and then trying to tell Conor to leave, it wasn’t done yet.

“This is when Conor McGregor began firstly his verbal assault in my direction. My only thought at this point was to notify Charlie Ward, and his corner team, of my decision at the time and restore order to the fighting area. Also the condition of [John] Redmond and then subsequently bringing in the [doctor] in the rest period to make a determination. Of course the ensuing mêlée and confusion had completely prevented that from happening, that is the result of the actions of one man.”

The bad blood between McGregor and Goddard began back when the UFC lightweight champion was admonished by the referee for interfering cageside for his good friend and teammate Artem Lobov’s latest UFC loss to Artem Fili at October 21’s UFC Gdansk.

A bit of bad blood ensued, so when the famed MMA ref bounced him from the Bellator cage, he didn’t take too kindly to it.

With ABC President Mike Mazzulli saying McGregor will be sanctioned for the indiscretion and removed from his supposed main event at UFC 219, Goddard feels as if the incident is over, and nothing more should come of it.

“I do not wish for any further action to be taken against any party, in particular Conor McGregor, but ultimately that is entirely out of my hands, I hope that the situation can be reviewed, learned from on how we could prevent a repeat instance and then case closed, we move on for the good of the sport.”

Do you feel as if the issue has been blown out of proportion, or should McGregor truly be punished?

  • Shock Wave

    Throw the book at him.

  • FeministFriendly

    See the thing is even if whatever happened wasn’t Goddards finest moment,
    being a referee is a harder job then it seems or they’d all be perfect referee’s,
    he’s still a professional referee.

    He’s still better at it then conny is.

    Unless Goddard snapped and started doing something egregious like choking somebody to death, theres no good justification to jump in there and start fights with him becasue you want him to do his job your way.

  • Bill Wolf

    Conor McGregor should truly be punished. If you set a precedent that a fighter can act like this and get a slap on the wrist, you invite dangerous chaos.

  • leonaidis

    I was thinking of posting something that would really stir up the silly Conor fans, but then I realized you haven’t seen much of them defending their clown of a hero. It’s pretty hard to defend the shit Conor did, but is the delusion over? No one is here defending him? Did Conor just destroy his own hype?

    • buddy

      no you just exposed your own stupidity, hes a great fighter fun to watch nobody cares dude grow up