Two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor has apologised for attempting to fight a referee at an MMA event in Dublin – although claimed he invaded the cage only to protect the health and safety of another fighter.
McGregor was attending the Bellator 187 event on Friday night to watch his team-mate Charlie Ward take on John Redmond. Moments after Ward had knocked out Redmond, McGregor leapt into the cage to celebrate with him.
Referee Mark Goddard tried to separate McGregor only to spark a melee by pushing him away.
McGregor then retaliated, running after Goddard and shouting and pointing at him before he was escorted