What was Conor McGregor thinking on Friday night?
The UFC champion made an appearance at Bellator 187 as his friend Charlie Ward stopped John Redmond. However, the Irishman wasn’t an official cornerman and referee Marc Goddard took exception to him being in the ring after Ward's victory.
Goddard forcefully tried to pull McGregor off of Ward - something which didn’t go down well.
McGregor confronted Goddard, shouting” "I'm sick of you. That was a f**king stoppage." He then shoved him before he slapped a Bellator official as he was being removed from the cage.
In a deleted tweet, McGregor wrote: “Bloke KO’d on floor bout a minute straight and ref trying to say fight’s not over, Conor. That’s when I lost it. F*** yous all.”
In the following days, there have been numerous rumours concerning McGregor’s possible punishment.
Mike Mazzulli, president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports, suggested that the possible bout with Tony Ferguson at UFC 219 has now been cancelled.
"They [UFC] basically said to me that it's completely unacceptable in their eyes and that they will be doing something," he said.
"They did inform me that he was set to be on the December 30 card and now he will not be on it. So I do commend the UFC to some extent for doing that.
"On the other hand, I will be looking at it and speaking to my attorneys upon returning to the United States to see if I have any action."
But while we wait for an official announcement, we were still waiting for McGregor to come out with an apology of some sort.
We’re not sure that deleted tweet really counts as an apology…
McGregor finally speaks out
But, finally, on Tuesday afternoon, McGregor apologised for his actions.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the Irishman acknowledged what he did was wrong.
“I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin,” it begins.
However, during the apology, McGregor still manages to have a go at Goddard - who he claims made a “horrendous decision.”
“The referee Marc Gonard 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,” he wrote.
“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.”
Interestingly, McGregor apologises to almost everyone at the end of his post but not the referee himself. It seems The Notorious still hates Goddard.
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