Conor McGregor has apologized for setting off a melee this past Friday at Bellator 187.
The UFC lightweight champion today released a statement to try to explain why it happened at the Dublin event.
The trouble began when longtime McGregor teammate Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) dropped opponent John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a hook late in the first round (watch the highlights above). Referee Marc Goddard stepped in to stop the bout as McGregor hopped the fence and tackled Ward in apparent celebration.
The veteran ref then ordered McGregor out of the cage – the second time he’s had words with the Irish star over his cageside demeanor – only to have McGregor curse him out and shove him as officials tried to calm the situation.
McGregor then exited the cage, only to march back in after officials tried to usher him out. “Notorious” then he hopped the cage once more, and when a Bellator employee named tried to stop him, he appeared to reply with a slap to the face.
Here’s McGregor’s full statement (via Instagram):