ABC president responds to McGregor incident

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bellator 187, the site of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s unhinged actions on Friday, was held in Dublin, Ireland. As there is not presently a government commission in the host nation, the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation was brought in to regulate the event. Mohegan executive director Mike Mazzulli, who is also the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC), released a statement on the incident.

While the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation (MTDAR) was regulating Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland, on November 10, 2017, the following events took place during the Ward vs Redmond bout.

Mr. Conor McGregor who was a spectator at the time, disrupted the event by scaling the cage prior to the conclusion of the bout. Mr. McGregor’s conduct jeopardized the health and safety of the bout participants by delaying necessary medical attention to the fighters that were injured during the round.

In addition, Mr. McGregor assaulted Referee Mark Goddard and a Bellator staff.

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.

Commissions are like state or local police, in that their jurisdiction is limited. Just as a California State Highway Patrolman cannot ticket someone in Connecticut, commissions are restricted to regulating licensed fighters, and McGregor is not licensed by MTDAR.

Still, he entered the cage to celebrate with his winning SBGi teammate Charlie Ward, shoved Marc Goddard and got in his face when the referee tried to restore order. In the ensuing melee, the losing John Redmond was knocked down as he tried to rise in a dazed state. Then McGregor was ushered out, and tried to vault the fence again, slapping Bellator staffer Mike Johnson in the face. You can’t do that, any of that, even if you’re Conor McGregor.