UFC Cancels Conor McGregor’s Next Fight After Altercation with Ref at Bellator Event (VIDEO)
Conor McGregor Apologizes for Bad Behavior at Bellator Event…But Still Manages to Blame Referee (Instagram)
Conor McGregor has offered a lengthy and mostly heartfelt apology for his behavior at Bellator 187 in Dublin on Friday.
Perhaps not coincidentally, it came just one day after it was reported that the UFC had canceled his next fight.
McGregor jumped into the ring at Bellator 187 in Dublin on Friday to celebrate his teammate and friend Charlie Ward‘s victory over John Redmond. However, it only took about 10 seconds later for McGregor to get into a heated shouting match with referee Marc Goddard that eventually escalated into McGregor slapping another official.
On Monday it was reported by that the UFC was pulling McGregor from UFC 219, where he had been scheduled to fight interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson.
About 18 hours later, McGregor posted this:
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.
While McGregor makes it very clear that his behavior was wrong, he also tries to justify it and lay some of the blame on the ref by playing up his concern for the health of the other fighter.
So, you know, he’s mostly sorry.
Will this placate the UFC enough to get his fight at UFC 219 reinstated? You can bet Tony Ferguson sure hopes so.