Popular UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has found himself embroiled in yet another controversy, after having stormed the cage at last weekend’s Bellator 187 event in Dublin, Ireland. McGregor had been in attendance to watch his friend and teammate Charlie Ward take on John Redmond in his seventh professional mixed martial arts bout. He has now broken his silence regarding the event on Twitter… and then swiftly deleted his post.
McGregor has not fought inside the Octagon since knocking out Eddie Alvarez late last year to win the lightweight strap, but that didn’t stop him from getting into an unsanctioned bout over the weekend with veteran referee Marc Goddard.
McGregor invaded the cage following Ward’s knockout of Redmond at the end of the first round, with the fight allegedly being stopped due to McGregor’s interference. Goddard was heard to have declared that the “round was over”, not the fight itself.
McGregor scaled the fence to enter the cage, slapping a Bellator staff member in the face who had tried to prevent his entry. He was soon hugging and screaming with Ward about the knockout inside the cage, with Goddard pushing McGregor away and sternly demanding he leave. McGregor would then push Goddard in the back as he attempted to attend to the injured Redmond, who had still not returned to his feet following Ward’s knockout blow.
The Irishman has been criticised widely in the mixed martial arts world for his actions, but none were likely as affected by the UFC star’s actions as John Redmond, the fighter who was left lying on the floor while McGregor invaded the cage.
“We had a good fight in there and I think him jumping into the cage overshadowed the whole fight and the whole event,” Redmond told MMA Fighting.
“I don’t want to piss and moan about it. I don’t want anyone taking pity on me or anything like that. I didn’t get the win, but I showed I was in charge of the fight up until that big shot at the end of the round.
“Marc Goddard was going to let the fight go into the second, but then the commission seemed to overrule his decision. I think that decision was swayed because of the circus and madness that was going down at the time. It was just a mad scene. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
A screenshot of McGregor’s now-deleted tweet regarding the controversy is available below. Check out the reactions to it and let us know what you think!
@TheNotoriousMMA deleting tweets 🤣 naw Connor fuck you 🖕
— Jon Stewart (@JonStewart92) November 13, 2017
@TheNotoriousMMA Deleting Tweets, Acting like a spoiled kid, better watch out for @usantidoping cause you look more & more like Jon Jones.
— P. Marchetti (@Marvellous_Phil) November 13, 2017
@TheNotoriousMMA no excuse for what you did. No matter how u try and justify it in a tweet
— KB, RONIN WEED MAN (@stinkyridge) November 13, 2017
@TheNotoriousMMA at least have the conviction and stand by what you say n tweet not delete it 2 secs later
— spud (@spudntfc) November 13, 2017