You won’t find many outside of his closest teammates, friends or family that will try to condone Conor McGregor’s actions at Bellator 187 in Dublin a little over a week ago. But you won’t hear too many people rip the SBG Ireland star as vociferously as former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra did on a recent episode of the UFC Unfiltered podcast either.
McGregor stormed the cage in celebration after he believed that his training partner Charlie Ward had scored a TKO victory in his Bellator debut at the 3Arena in the docklands of the Irish capita on Friday, November 10th. However, that celebratory mood soon turned to anger and hostility when referee Marc Goddard put his hands briefly on McGregor and tried to explain that he hadn’t yet officially called a halt to the fight.
Before the confusion surrounding the finish was cleared up and Ward was eventually declared a first-round stoppage winner, an incandescent McGregor ran amok, pushing Goddard, screaming, slapping a Bellator employee and turning an event with which he had only the most tenuous of connections into the latest episode of the McGregor show.
Though ‘The Notorious’ one’s actions were roundly criticized, Serra doesn’t feel that there has been quite enough of a backlash against the UFC lightweight champion and that people are far too quick to just accept his behaviour because of his star-power.
“The point is this: He makes it about himself,” Serra said. “He doesn’t make it about his friends. He’s not doing that to support his friends … Dude – you’re an attention whore. That’s not respectful to your fighter. And what about him jumping on the cage and smacking the official?”
“If I did that, if anybody did that, they’d be called a f**king a**hole. How does this guy get a pass? … He’s acting like a f**king a**hole.”
“I just think it’s f**king silly that people are like, ‘Ahh, well, that’s Conor, he’s bigger than life!’ He’s allowed to smack somebody? Man, f**K that dude. I don’t give a f**k(via MMAJunkie).”
McGregor’s actions might not have gone unpunished though, as Mike Mazzulli of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation – the commission that oversaw the Bellator event – recently claimed that the UFC removed the Pay-per-view star from UFC 219 as a result of the fracas. McGregor had not been officially announced for the December 30th card, but the UFC had been trying to make a bout between he and interim lightweight titlist Tony Ferguson. McGregor may also face sanctions from the U.S commissions with which he is currently licensed to fight.
Though McGregor brought the bulk of the attention on himself, his teammates on the card are unlikely to complain. They gained extra exposure in the U.S, as the ratings for the delayed coverage of the event received a significant boost after word spread that McGregor had jumped in the cage. The segment featuring the fight between Ward and Dublin veteran John Redmond, two fighters with very low profiles in the U.S, was seen by over a million viewers according to Spike TV.