Conor McGregor posted and then quickly deleted a rather fiery response to last weekend’s controversy at Bellator 187 in Dublin.
What a weekend it turned out to be in the sport of mixed martial arts, eh?
The three day period that had the unwanted pressure of following up the madness of UFC 217 the weekend before managed to make its presence felt, regardless of the sheer ridiculousness of the soon-to-be-legendary event that preceded it.
Of course, UFC Norfolk was – by all accounts – a success, but crazily enough, despite the depth of that card, the weekend was well and truly Bellator’s, or – to be more specific – Conor McGregor’s.
With all the talk of the respectful fighters winning against their more brash adversaries at UFC 217, McGregor managed to single-handedly claw the attention back onto himself after a rather ugly post-fight scuffle following his team-mate Charlie Ward’s KO victory over John Redmond on what was the second fight of the night.
The story has been scrutinized and well-documented enough at this stage but basically, the run-in that occured between the Irishman, referee Marc Goddard and several – but in particular, one member of Bellator staff, has caused a massive ripple effect that is still being felt right now, one that many people believe will see McGregor punished appropriately.
In an attempt to defend himself, Conor actually tweeted from his official Instagram account before quickly deleting what was a pretty heated message.
Many believe that Goddard was simply attempting to verify that the late KO hadn’t happened after the bell that ended the first-round but for now, a lot of pieces are still missing as we try to figure out exactly what went wrong between both parties in the 3Arena that night.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena