UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor appears to have lost his mind, or needs a reality check.
McGregor was sitting cageside at Bellator 187 inside 3Arena in his backyard of Dublin Friday supporting his fellow SGB Ireland teammate Charlie Ward. After watching Ward unleash a vicious 1stRound TKO victory over John Redmond, McGregor rushed inside the cage in excitement despite not being a licensed cornerman.
MMA’s biggest superstar just got caught up in the moment of his teammate’s thrilling victory – no harm, no foul.
Yeah, about that…
McGregor then shoved referee Marc Goddard and started screaming at him. McGregor had to be physically removed from the cage.
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 10, 2017
As if that wasn’t bad enough, a second video surfaced showing McGregor trying to jump the cage to continue his celebration with Ward. When a commissioner pushed him off the rail, “Notorious” quickly countered with a left hand slap to the face.
What did the five fingers say to the face?
Conor McGregor also slapped a commissioner tonight as he was told to get down from the cage. Not good.
— Dale Jordan (@MMAMadDale) November 10, 2017
McGregor is in serious hot water here. ABC president Mike Mazzulli, who was serving in a regulatory capacity at Bellator 187, told Steven Marocco of MMAJunkie.com that, “Mr. McGregor is not bigger than the sport of MMA!”
Also, remember what the UFC did to Jason High when he shoved referee Kevin Mulhall to contest a second round stoppage loss to Rafael Dos Anjos in June 2014?
“I’m going to cut him. I look at that the way (Paul) Daley put his hands on his opponent after a fight was over. You don’t ever, ever f*cking touch a referee, ever. You’re done here,” UFC president Dana White said at the time.
White most certainly won’t fire McGregor, his biggest cash cow, for something he did during a rival’s event. However, it will be interesting to see how the UFC and White respond to McGregor’s latest antics.