Conor McGregor jumps cage at Bellator 187, confronts referee Marc Goddard
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor made quite the scene at today’s Bellator 187 event in his native Dublin.
Several of McGregor’s (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) SBG Ireland teammates compete on today’s card at 3Arena (it airs via same-day delay tonight on Spike), and after Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) scored a knockout victory over John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), “The Notorious” to jump in the cage to celebrate.
McGregor wasn’t a licensed cornerman for the event. That became obvious when security swarmed the UFC’s former 145-pound and current 155-pound titleholder. What happened after that was even stranger, though. A highly emotional McGregor charged in the direction of referee Marc Goddard, who attempted to break up the champ’ embrace with Ward. McGregor’s celebration quickly turned to ire as he targeted Goddard.
McGregor was restrained. He screamed and pointed in Goddard’s direction while chaos surrounded him inside the cage. Watch it below:
The recent history between McGregor and Goddard may have played a part in today’s melee. McGregor attended UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland, this past month and attempted to serve as an extra cornerman in Artem Lobov’s loss to Andre Fili. Goddard was the referee for the fight, and at one point he had to stop the action to order McGregor to return to his seat.
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