It's been a year since Conor McGregor stepped into the Octagon as a competitor, but the brash Irishman is still making headlines around the cage.
McGregor was cage-side during Bellator 187 in Dublin as his countryman and teammate Charlie Ward fought John Redmond. It was just Ward's seventh career fight and he was looking for his first victory since June 2016. With literally one second to go in the first round, Ward knocked out Redmond which prompted the referee to stop the fight and declare Ward the victor.
That's when McGregor went full McGregor. He jumped the cage and celebrated with Ward by tackling the fighter to the ground. The referee then attempted to eject McGregor for crashing the post-fight which didn't sit well with the Notorious MMA.
McGregor goes from celebrating with his teammate to attempting to go after the ref. He pushes the ref twice and has to be physically restrained multiple times.
After everything had seemed to cool down, McGregor reminded everyone that he was the star of the show even though he wasn't technically a part of the show. He again climbed the cage but was stopped by a commissioner this time. When the commissioner prevented McGregor from entering the cage, the UFC champ then slapped the man.
According to Irish MMA journalist Peter Carroll, McGregor was also shouting “That was a f---ing stoppage," at the ref during the second time he attempted to enter the cage. That referee ended up ejecting McGregor who celebrated with Ward outside of the Octagon instead of in it.
McGregor will likely be disciplined for his actions and especially for putting his hands on an official. But when you earn a guaranteed $30 million paycheck for your boxing debut, chances are McGregor will have no issue covering the fine.
Of bigger consequence is the fact that McGregor gave free promotion to UFC's biggest rival. Bellator 187 aired on tape delay in the United States so fans who heard about the incident likely tuned into the show.
As for when McGregor will return to the cage as a competitor, that is still up in the air. The UFC hopes to have him back in the Octagon in December at UFC 219.
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