Two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has apologised for pushing a referee during an MMA fit in Dublin – but blamed him for poor officiating.
McGregor scaled the fencing with the intention to have a good time with Charlie Ward after his win over John Redmond at Bellator 187.
Referee Marc Goddard separated the celebrating pair and was then pushed by means of McGregor as he tended to Redmond.
“Goddard made a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor,” said the Irishman.
The footage of the fight shows McGregor rushing over to have a good time with Ward, forward of 2 officials, along with Goddard, try to carry the victor off his pal forward of then maintaining aside them.
McGregor then moves over to the other aspect of the cage and pushes Goddard as he was attending to Redmond, who was kneeling and seemed to be conscious.
In his apology posed online, McGregor wrote: “The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in attempting to make a choice an unconscious fighter up off the bottom and force the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the desires of the said fighter’s teacher. The fight was over.
“After witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the opponent passed away from his injuries on the evening time [Joao Carvalho in April 2016], I believed the worst was about to happen another time, and I out of place it and overreacted. I’m sorry to everyone.”
BBC Sport has contacted fight organisers Bellator for a response to McGregor’s comments.
McGregor, who was beaten by means of Floyd Mayweather in a boxing have compatibility in August, has now not fought inside the UFC since knocking out Eddie Alvarez in November final year.