According to his team, Conor has not received any punishment for his actions at Bellator 187…
Conor McGregor was the most talked about fighter in Dublin on Friday. Despite not having been scheduled for a fight on the show, Conor twice got involved physically with someone who was inside the cage.
Now it seems, there is some debate over whether he has actually been punished for his actions or not.
The President of the Association of Boxing Commissions, Mike Mazzulli, spoke with reporters yesterday and said he was contacted by the UFC regarding the incident. According to Mazzulli, the UFC has removed Conor from UFC 219 as punishment. The only problem is, Conor had never been officially announced for the show.
“I had some executives from UFC contact me within two hours after what occurred and they basically said to me that it’s completely unacceptable in their eyes and that they will be doing something.”
“They did inform me that he was set to be on the December 30th card and he will not be on it. So I do commend UFC to some extent for doing that.”
Was Conor Punished?
Some are speculating Conor was never going to be announced as fighting on the December 30th card. The issue with this argument is that the UFC has always maintained there is still a big fight for 219 yet to be announced. This despite the show being only 6 weeks away.
If Conor was never supposed to be on the show, then there should be another big fight announcement made shortly. On the other hand, if the UFC 219 card stays as is, it is probably safe to assume Conor was initially supposed to fight on the show.
Were Conor’s Actions at Bellator 187 Staged?
Others are speculating that fight negotiations between Ferguson and Conor for the event had fallen through, and Conor needed a way to keep in the public spotlight and find an excuse for not fighting again in 2017 as he said he would. His actions at Bellator 187 in Dublin thus becoming an answer to both problems.
If this was the case, however, it wouldn’t make sense that representatives from Conor’s team are denying he has received any punishment.
It also wouldn’t explain the Tweet Conor sent out and then quickly deleted afterward. The Tweet in question read:
“Bloke KO’d on the floor bout a minute straight and ref trying to say fights not over Conor. That’s when I lost it. F–k yous all.”
Conor’s Agent Denies He’s Been Punished
Neither the UFC nor Conor McGregor’s camp has given an official statement about the incident.
Reporters reached out to Conor’s agent, Audie Attar, yesterday, however. His response contradicted what Mazulli has said. Attar maintains Conor was not removed from UFC 219 due to his actions on Friday. He gave the following response when asked about Mazulli’s statements:
Simple and to the point.
So now we have Conor’s team stating they’ve received no punishment, a commissioner claiming the UFC told him they removed Conor from UFC 219, and still no main event for one of the biggest shows of the year.
Who is telling the truth and who is lying? We’ll find out when it’s official which fight headlines the show on December 30th.