Conor McGregor has not been in a ring (or octagon) since his fight back in August against Floyd Mayweather, but the UFC champion returned to the cage last week after he decided to jump into the octagon to shove a ref overseeing a fight between Charlie Ward and John Redmond at Bellator 187 in Dublin. McGregor took to Twitter to try and defend his actions, but it appears the Association of Boxing Commissions didn’t buy his explanation.
After the incident, ABC president Mike Mazzulli promised there would be repercussions, and yesterday he lived up to his word when he announced McGregor will not be fighting at UFC 219, which is scheduled for December 30th. The UFC apparently agreed to pull McGregor from the fight almost immediately after the incident occurred but waited a few days to make it official.
Mazzulli explained his rationale in a statement, saying:
“The bottom line is that he was unprofessional, disrespectful, and it was not acceptable in my eyes in any situation. I don’t care if it was anyone else jumping in the cage, we don’t do that as a professional. Mr. McGregor is not bigger than MMA. I had executives from the UFC contact me within two hours after what occurred. They basically said to me that it’s completely unacceptable in their eyes, and 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.”
I’m sure UFC President Dana White has to be disappointed in his biggest star, as he expected McGregor to return to the Octagon by the end of the year, and take on interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in the main event. Now it looks like we’ll have to wait until UFC 220 before McGregor returns to the sport.
McGregor hasn’t responded to the news, but given his reputation for running his mouth, I’m sure we will get a response soon.