For the second time in less than a month, Conor McGregor and referee Marc Goddard had issues with each other during an international fight card.
McGregor rushed the cage at Bellator 187 in Dublin on Friday after SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward scored a knockout over Paul Redmond 4:59 into the opening stanza of their bout. McGregor tackled Ward in celebration inside the cage before Goddard and another official came over to intervene.
Ward and McGregor were eventually separated, but the UFC lightweight did not appreciate Goddard telling him to leave the cage. As Goddard walked over to check on the fallen Redmond, McGregor shoved the veteran official in the back.
McGregor continued to yell and point at Goddard as he was surrounded by more officials, and eventually the “Notorious” one left the cage on his own.
It wasn’t the first incident involving McGregor and Goddard. At UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland, on Oct. 21, McGregor left his seat and began yelling instructions from cageside to teammate Artem Lobov during his bout against Andre Fili. Goddard eventually paused the action to order McGregor back to his seat, as the Irishman was not part of Lobov’s official corner for the featherweight bout.
Another video later surfaced of McGregor continuing his celebration. The Dublin native can been seen climbing the fence from the outside of the cage and then slapping at a Bellator staff member when he is told to get down.
Bellator MMA has since released a statement regarding the incident between McGregor and one of its employees.
“We are aware of the in-cage altercation involving Conor McGregor and a Bellator staff member,” the statement read. “Viacom and Bellator hold the safety and well-being of our staff in the highest regard and are currently reviewing the situation.”