ABC Head Expects McGregor To Be Sanctioned
Association of Boxing Commissions President Mike Mazzulli is currently evaluating his legal options for how to handle the incident involving UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor entering the cage on a fight he was in involved in on Friday. Part of the video is shown below via BellatorMMA’s YouTube page.
The UFC has assured Mazzulli they are taking action against McGregor. Two hours after McGregor jumped then fence to enter the cage, Mazzulli said he was called by a UFC executive and told him McGregor’s actions were “totally unacceptable.”
Mazzulli adds the executive claimed McGregor has been removed from a scheduled spot at UFC 219, which is set for Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“They’re basically going to sanction him on their end,” Mazzulli said. “I’m still waiting to hear what they plan on doing. My understanding is that he was scheduled to fight Dec. 30, and he will not be fighting this year. That’s one step. The second step is I reached out to the (commissions) that presently have him licensed. Of course, they’re fully aware of what he did.”
The incident started when McGregor’s teammate Charlie Ward (4-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) sent opponent John Redmond (7-13 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to the canvas with a hook late in the first round. McGregor hopped the fence and tackled Ward after referee Marc Goddard stopped the bout.
Goddard ordered McGregor out of the cage, but the fighter responded by cussing at him and shoving him. Officials tried to separate all parties involved.
McGregor exited the cage, only to reenter after officials tried to escort him out. He again hopped the cage and when Bellator employee Michael Johnson tried to stop him, he appeared to respond with a slap to the face.
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.