Conor McGregor jumped into the cage at Bellator 187 to celebrate with his teammate Charlie Ward after his victory over John Redmond and in the process had a heated confrontation with the referee.
As Ward handily dispatched his opponent The Notorious one leaped into the octagon. After giving his teammate a well-deserved pat on the back he made a beeline for referee Marc Goddard and had to be restrained.
It should be pointed out Goddard and UFC’s franchise fighter have a storied history with one another after the referee threw the Irishman out at UFC Gdansk
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 10, 2017
Although it’s unknown what was said between the two it seems like McGregor wasn’t too pleased with Goddard’s reaction to his presence in the octagon and wanted to give him a piece of his mind.
It could also be possible he wanted to get at him for chucking him out of the arena during the Andre Fili-Artem Lobov bout in UFC Gdansk.
Speaking to MMA Fighting Goddard says he kicked McGregor out because he was acting as a fourth cornerman for teammate Lobov (lost the to Fili), which he deemed unfair.
— Áine ? (@rosefrankiefox) November 10, 2017
He went on to explain:
That’s not allowed. Imagine he had Conor talk him through a fight-ending sequence. Then what?
Conor was basically acting like a fourth cornerman.
Walking around the cageside wherever and whenever he wanted. When Fili took down Artem, Conor was right there.
That’s simply not fair and not allowed. I won’t have it. He can’t do as he pleases.
It looks like Conor didn’t get the message though as he turned up to Bellator 187 in Dublin to support Ward and get up in Goddard’s face at the same time.
As he was emotionally embracing Ward Goddard tried to break it up, which McGregor mostly likely didn’t appreciate and as he got up he approached the official shouting some unheard verbals – which knowing McGregor was most likely obscene and NSFW.