Conor McGregor Explained Why He Attacked The Referee After Climbing Into The Cage At Bellator 187
In case you somehow missed it, “The Notorious One” Conor McGregor more than lived up to his name when he jumped into the cage to celebrate what he believed to be his teammate Charlie Ward’s knockout victory over John Redmond at Bellator 187.
Not everyone was so sure that Ward had actually won, however.
The fight was eventually called a knockout win for Ward once order was somewhat restored (McGregor later slapped a commissioner outside the cage).
Redmond, however, wasn’t so sure that the fight would have been over if McGregor hadn’t jumped in and wreaked absolute havoc, according to an interview he did with MMA Fighting.
After initially leaving the cage, McGregor did an about turn and marched back to the stage shouting, “that was a f*cking stoppage”, suggesting that there was a debate as to whether the fight would enter the second round.
Redmond insisted that [referee Marc] Goddard wanted the fight to continue, but the Mohegan Sun commission, who oversaw Bellator 187, decided that the fight should not go on. For Redmond, the “circus” that McGregor created in the ring forced the commission to put an end to the fight as quickly as possible.
“I think there was a lot of panic in the ring as soon as he got in there. I think everybody was just concerned with getting him out of there as quickly as possible,” Redmond said.
“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.”