Not surprisingly, the fall out from Conor McGregor’s actions at Bellator 187 last Friday continues to roll on, as now the event’s regulator has claimed that the UFC’s put the champ on the shelf for the rest of the year.
As you’ve surely heard, and or seen by now, McGregor has been in hot water, after he flipped out on officials at the Dublin card. McGregor jumped the cage to congratulate his teammate Charlie Ward on his win, but since he wasn’t a licensed cornerman, and because the opponent was still down, chaos ensued. Video of the incident shows McGregor shoving referee Marc Goddard, and in addition, footage appears to show him taking a swipe at a security guard.
The event was overseen by ABC President and Mohegan Sun Department of Athletic Regulation director Mike Mazzulli. The latter was a guest on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, and Mazzulli reportedly said that the UFC’s informed him that McGregor will not fight on December 30th, because of the incident.
In addition, Mazzulli also said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“They already sanctioned him,” Mazzulli said. “So they did hit him. He’s not gonna be making any more money this year and I commend UFC for that. I really do.”
This is very interesting, since there’s been talk about McGregor fighting on December 30th, but many have shrugged that off. After all, it’s November 14th and nothing has been announced.
McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, was contacted by the outlet to confirm what Mazzulli said. According to the linked report above, Attar denied this is the case. Attar was also asked if there are plans for the Irish star to compete at UFC 219, but he didn’t respond.
So, it remains to be seen what happens here. It could be that the UFC is waiting to see what unfolds, before making any announcement? Hard to say. One would think that some sort of disciplinary action is coming McGregor’s way.
While discussing that, Mazzulli also stated:
“I would suspend him indefinitely and i would require him to come to a hearing and defend himself. Again, I go back to the safety of the fighter. At the end of the day, Mr. Redmond was down, he was unconscious, he was dizzy and we were unable to provide medical attention to him, because [McGregor] had to dance around that cage and push Mr. Goddard — assault Mr. Goddard, as well as one of the Bellator employees. That’s completely unacceptable. I wouldn’t even allow somebody in the audience to do that.”
McGregor hasn’t fought in the Octagon since last November, when he took out Eddie Alvarez to become the lightweight champ.