There was an extraordinary moment at UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk on Saturday evening as referee Marc Goddard stopped a bout between Artem Lobov and Andre Fili specifically to scold Conor McGregor.
Conor McGregor and Artem Lobov are famously close with both fighters coming out of John Kavanagh’s SBG camp.
Although McGregor now stands streets ahead of the rest as the UFC’s biggest star, Lobov is still struggling to make a name for himself and, on Saturday night, he faced a promising up and comer in the form of Andre ‘Touchy’ Fili.
Unfortunately for Lobov and his SBG teammates, the bout did not go the Russian/Irishman’s way with Fili winning the bout via unanimous decision. However, after all was said and done, it was a moment involving McGregor that seemed to be the greatest talking point.
Dang. Referee Marc Goddard just told Conor McGregor to ‘be a professional’ and go sit down. #UFCGdansk
— Danny Segura (@DannySeguraTV) October 21, 2017
That was an intense one. Ref Marc Goddard had to tell McGregor to settle down in between rounds. Don’t see that often. In the end, nice win for Andre Fili. He beats Artem Lobov via UD.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 21, 2017
Wow. Marc Goddard just told off Conor McGregor.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 21, 2017
With a minute left in the second round of the bout, Marc Goddard made the drastic decision to stop the fight so that he could tell Conor McGregor to take a seat and to behave professionally as the 29-year-old was becoming far too animated outside the Octagon.
‘Conor, what’s got into ya man? Come on! Sit down please! Be a professional!’
Check out the extraordinary moment in question along with McGregor’s reaction in the clips below…
— UFC (@ufc) October 21, 2017