People continue to debate and discuss Conor McGregor’s actions at Bellator 187 this past Friday, and according to his head coach, the star was “a little bit over emotional” at the event…Yes. That’s one way of putting it.
As you’ve likely heard and or seen by now, McGregor flipped out on officials and the security staff for the card, after he rushed the cage to congratulate his teammate Charlie Ward. It’s still not entirely clear why McGregor was so fired up, but it sounds like there may have been confusion as to whether the bout was actually over. Not to mention the fact, of course, that McGregor wasn’t authorized to run into the cage in the first place.
Well, it remains to be seen if McGregor is disciplined for his actions, or if he might even face legal repercussions. But, while appearing on the The Six O’clock Show recently, McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, had this to say about the UFC champ (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Charlie is one of Conor’s very close friends and he’s coming off two pretty devastating losses,” said Kavanagh.
“He lost fast and hard in both his UFC fights and was dropped by the UFC and then he fought on Bellator.
“So, when you’re seeing someone that you’re that close with, with two bad defeats and then has a great victory in front of his hometown crowd…he got a bit emotional, jumped in and he didn’t realize that the fight had not actually been called.
“…He was a little bit over emotional there, but you sort of understand when you know his and Charlie’s relationship over the last number of years.”
So, it’s looking like maybe McGregor was told that Ward hadn’t actually been declared the winner yet, after he had jumped the cage, and things went really south after that. At the end of the day, Ward was handed the stoppage win, but, this isn’t going to be the last we hear about this incident.
Mike Mazzulli, who is the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) and the director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, oversaw the event. Recently Mazzulli confirmed that they have informed members of the Association of Boxing Commissioners and the UFC, about McGregor’s actions. Although, there’s a very, very good chance they already knew, since this made headlines throughout the weekend.