Conor McGregor sure knows how to make some headlines, doesn't he?
The Notorious wasn't in action this weekend - at least not officially - but he made his presence known when his teammate scored a first-round KO at a Bellator event in Ireland.
During the main card, which took place at 3Arena in Dublin and aired via same-day delay on Spike, McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward KO'd John Redmond.
However, Ward's moment was short-lived as McGregor stole all the headlines as videos of him crashing the cage after the fight quickly hit social media.
In truth, McGregor should have let Ward enjoy the moment, but that's not what happened.
According to Mike Mazzulli, president of both the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) and the Association of Boxing Commissions who oversaw the event, “McGregor’s conduct jeopardized the health and safety” of the fighters in the cage as the fight wasn't officially finished.
Furthermore, McGregor would then shove/assault referee Marc Goddard when the official attempted to remove him from the octagon.
Could you imagine if this happened in the UFC? There's a fair chance the fighter would be banned for a long time, maybe forever.
But, McGregor doesn't look like he will suffer any consequences for his actions because of a convenient loophole.
Because McGregor is outside of the MTDAR’s and ABC’s jurisdiction, they cannot touch him. However, according to Mazzulli, Bellator have contacted those who can punish McGregor.
“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.”
If Mazzulli thinks the UFC are going to ban/punish McGregor - easily their highest grossing performer - then he might need to wake up a little bit.
UFC is certainly considered the top of mixed martial arts and while McGregor is their cornerstone, the chances that his conduct will have repercussions is slim to none.
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