Conor McGregor had landed himself in choppy waters because of the way he behaved while celebrating his team mate Charlie Ward’s win in a Bellator MMA match. McGregor stormed into the cage at a point when it seemed like the fight was over to celebrate with Ward at which point the referee seemed to have asked him to get out of the cage. He then advanced at the referee and seemed to have shoved him before being removed out of the cage. McGregor then got into an argument with Bellator employees.
It as initially reported that McGregor may face a hefty fine or suspension for his actions. He has now apologised for his behaviour. “I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin,” said McGregor in a statement. 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.”
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) 10 November 2017
At the same time, McGregor stated that the referee was wrongly trying to pick up Ward’s unconscious opponent, altough John Redmond did look to be in his consciousness. “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,” said McGregor, “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.”