UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has issued an apology for his antics at Bellator 187 last week.
Following a first-round TKO victory for his SBG Ireland teammate, McGregor jumped into the cage and began celebrating. After being asked to leave the cage, McGregor went after referee Marc Goddard.
The incident escalated as McGregor shoved Goddard, knocked over a seemingly concussed John Redmon and eventually slapped a Bellator official.
It was an ugly scene which could (and should) result in punishment for the fighter, but for now he is doing his part to apologize.
McGregor issued a lengthy statement on Instagram which you can read below:
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I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin. While trying to support a loyal teammate and friend, I let my emotions get the best of me and acted out of line. As a multiple weight UFC champion, executive producer, role model and public figure, I must hold myself to a higher standard. The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the wishes of the said fighters coach. The fight was over. After witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the opponent passed away from his injuries on the night, I thought the worst was about to happen again, and I lost it and over reacted. I am sorry to everyone. I sincerely apologize to the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time. That side will always have my respect, and lastly every one of my fans. I love yous all! I’ve always learned from my mistakes and this will be no different.
ABC president Mike Mazzulli claims that McGregor was pulled from a planned UFC 219 as punishment for the incident, but McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, has denied any truth to those claims.
We will have to see if any punishment ultimately comes McGregor’s way.