ABC president Mike Mazzulli told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that the UFC was taking Conor McGregor off the UFC 219 card, consequently of McGregor’s conduct in Bellator 187 last Fri.
Mazzulli said he spoke with a good UFC official about the situation two time after McGregor stormed the cage to wildly celebrate along with his teammate Charlie Ward after Ward’s TKO victory more than John Redmond in Dublin, Ireland. Within the cage, McGregor shoved referee Marc Goddard and, after staying escorted out of your cage because he wasn’t a licensed cornerman, slapped a Bellator employee while attempting to climb back in.
Mazzulli, the Mohegan Sun Department of Athletic Regulation director who was the lead regulator for the Bellator cards, did not claim who he spoke to from the UFC. But he was positive the UFC has already taken action against McGregor by not really allowing him to contend on the Dec. 30 card in NEVADA.
“They already sanctioned him,” Mazzulli said. “Consequently they did struck him. He’s not really gonna be making any more money this year and I commend UFC for that. I must say i do.”
However, McGregor was hardly ever officially scheduled to combat at UFC 219. And McGregor’s agent Audie Attar advised MMA Fighting on Monday that what Mazzulli explained was “incorrect.” Attar did not respond to further concerns on whether McGregor was ever planned to compete on the year-end card.
A request to the UFC from MMA Fighting was not returned Monday evening.
Mazzulli said he has been around connection with the commissions which have recently licensed McGregor – Nevada and New York – about potential sanctions for his behavior. It’s unlikely that McGregor continues to be licensed in New York, because he competed at UFC 205 against Eddie Alvarez multiple year back. But McGregor definitely does have a boxing license in Nevada, courtesy of his matchup against Floyd Mayweather in August.
McGregor is not licensed by Mohegan Sun, but Mazzulli said he will contact his commission’s lawyers about any action that can be taken regarding self-discipline for McGregor’s actions.
If McGregor were a Mohegan licensee, Mazzulli said there would certainly be a sanction.
“I would suspend him indefinitely and i’d require him to come to a good hearing and defend himself,” Mazzulli said. “Again, I get back to the safety of the fighter. At the end of the day, Mr. Redmond was down, he was unconscious, he was dizzy and we were unable to provide medical assistance to him, because [McGregor] got to dance around that cage and push Mr. Goddard – assault Mr. Goddard, and also among the Bellator workers. That’s totally unacceptable. I wouldn’t actually allow somebody in the viewers to do that.”
There was confusion in the bout somewhere between Ward and Redmond more than whether the round had ended ahead of a TKO was called. McGregor jumped into the cage and seemed to be arguing with Goddard that Ward ought to be the rightful winner by TKO. The combat was indeed ruled a TKO at 4:59 of the first round. Redmond advised MMA Fighting that he believes McGregor influenced the result of the bout.
In any event, Mazzulli said, it doesn’t matter. McGregor shouldn’t have been in there in the first place.
“To me, that’s irrelevant,” Mazzulli said. “The relevant factor is Mr. McGregor took it after himself to bounce in the cage. That adversely influenced the combat. Mr. Redmond was injured. He actually managed to get difficult for the doctors to get in there and also administer some medical assistance. At that level, I wanted to make certain Mr. Redmond was safe and I needed to apparent the cage and we would address what was occurring with enough time.”
Along with only being in the cage when he wasn’t said to be, Mazzulli said there is no excuse for McGregor to shove Goddard and slap a Bellator employee as he was attempting to climb more than the cage for another time.
“There’s a zero tolerance for that,” Mazzulli said. “That’s why I explained when you are a professional at that level, you must deal with yourself as a professional. There’s a great deal of people that are looking your decision and respecting you as an individual, as a fighter. Don’t get me wrong, Conor McGregor is a wonderful, great fighter. I’ve watched each and every combat of his and that’s what I really do, this is my job. However when it comes to what he performed to Mr. Goddard and [Bellator employee] Michael Johnson, what would own somebody to do that? Like I explained, if it had been at Mohegan, I warranty you that the Mohegan Tribe Police Department would be taking away Mr. Conor. There’s without doubt in my mind.”
Mazzulli said he’s uncertain what the commissions in Nevada or New York can do and he appreciates that the UFC told him McGregor wouldn’t normally fight again this year. He said in a week and a half, he will have info on what he can do at Mohegan Sun so far as a punishment.
“Mr. McGregor isn’t bigger than MMA,” Mazzulli said. “We all know that. Mr. McGregor might not be around in five years, but MMA will still be. I think that is essential to comprehend, that fighter safety can be the most important thing in the world. Because without fighter safety, this sport wouldn’t normally proceed to another level like it always has.”
Mazzulli was cage area for the combat in Dublin and is currently in Israel as the lead regulator for Bellator 188 this coming weekend in Tel Aviv. He provides been regulating combat sports for 21 years and was in the area when the Unified Rules of MMA were created in 2001. The problem in Dublin, he explained, was unfortunate, no matter who the individual was who achieved it.
“For starters, I’m hardly ever comfortable when somebody takes it after himself to act just like a 5-year-old and jump in the cage,” Mazzulli said. “The bottom line is he was unprofessional, he was disrespectful and it had been not appropriate in my eyes. In any condition. I don’t care if it’s anybody else jumping in the cage. We don’t do this as a professional.”