Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was likely to put Conor McGregor in the pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 219 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he’d try to unify the division titles against interim straphanger Tony Ferguson over Dec. 30, 2017.
Rather, officials have reportedly directed him to the sidelines.
That’s because “Notorious” blew a gasket at the Bellator 187 combined fighting techinques (MMA) event last Friday in Dublin, Ireland, and had a good physical confrontation with referee Marc Goddard (look at it), which then resulted in a good fadeaway bitchslap against the official (video).
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As the Mohegan Tribe Department of Regulation was struggling to impose any sort of penalties against McGregor, UFC is building a statement by reportedly taking away him from its year-end super show, though Ferguson should be considered collateral damage.
“I had some executives from UFC call me within two hours after what occurred and they basically said to me personally that it’s completely unacceptable to them and that they will be doing something,” Mike Mazzulli, president of the Association of Boxing Commissions told The MMA Hour.
Probably a bad period to ask for that equity.
“They did inform me that he was set to be on the December 30th card and he’ll not be on it,” Mazzulli continued. “THEREFORE I carry out commend UFC to some extent for doing that. Alternatively, I will be looking at it, I am talking with my attorney’s upon returning to USA to see easily have any action.”
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While an extended vacation – particularly if you have the sort of money McGregor has – isn’t exactly the stiffest of punishments, McGregor did attempt to end up being the highest-paid athlete in 2017 after making bank against Floyd Mayweather.
Don’t worry, he’s even now got period (assuming we don’t get a repeat of this).
There has been simply no official announcement from UFC at the moment; however, you may expect that to improve sooner, instead of later.