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Conor McGregor got into trouble over the weekend when he jumped into the cage to congratulate a teammate on a knockout win. When the referee, Marc Goddard, tried to clear the cage, McGregor went after him and gave him a shove, shouting in his face, then later slapped an official for trying to get him off the top of the cage wall.
Reports indicate McGregor was taken off UFC 219 at year’s end because of the incident; McGregor himself remains aggressively unapologetic. His coach, John Kavanagh, went on The Six-O’clock Show in Ireland and discussed the incident, saying that McGregor was over-emotional because of the bond he felt with his teammate.
Transcript via MMAFighting.com’s Peter Carroll:
“He lost fast and hard in both his UFC fights and was dropped by the UFC and then he fought on Bellator.
“So, when you’re seeing someone that you’re that close with, with two bad defeats and then has a great victory in front of his hometown crowd…he got a bit emotional, jumped in and he didn’t realize that the fight had no actually been called.
“He thought when he knocked the guy down it was over, but it was actually just the end of the round. The fight wasn’t over.
“The referee was trying to tell him that the fight was over. It was pretty obvious it was over, in his defense. He was a little bit over emotional there, but you sort of understand when you know his and Charlie’s relationship over the last number of years.”
The bond between brothers was exactly the explanation McGregor himself gave when he used a homophobic slur to comfort another teammate, Artem Lobov, after Lobov’s loss at UFC Gdansk. Marc Goddard also told McGregor, who was shouting loudly from outside the Octagon, to sit down during Lobov’s bout, sparking the bad blood that appeared to affect McGregor’s actions at Bellator 187.
“It’s the personal relationship that the two of them share,” Kavanagh said.
“It’s like soccer players when they score goals and you see them running around and then some will go like this.
“It’s funny because Conor wouldn’t even do that for his own victory. He gets more involved when it’s his teammates', his friends', victories.”
In my last Midnight Mania on Friday, I explored the possibility McGregor’s actions represent a familiar pattern of self-destructive behavior we see with celebrities who have “made it” and don’t have a suitable outlet for their energy. Kavanagh tells a different story; he would have us believe it is merely McGregor getting too emotionally invested in his teammate’s success. Let us hope he is right.
This is perfect video meme work
Matt Brown liked this video:
Maybe my favorite video I’ve ever seen lol https://t.co/pWqEVSfapk— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) November 12, 2017
Cormier knows. I wrote about this as well. He won’t retire, despite the perfect ending.
Matt Brown will fight again, it’s a tale as old as time. Guy wants to walk away and then has awesome performance and he stays. Perfect ending Matt, I’d say walk away. You have talked of retirement so it’s too late to stay Brother.— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) November 12, 2017
Ah, Junior Albini’s diaper shorts. Reminded me of Shogun Rua a little bit, I cannot lie.
Your weekly reminder that Derrick Lewis is a must-follow on Instagram
Brock Lesnar playing with a puppy
Joe Lauzon isn’t one for excuses.
Tony Ferguson’s puppies
Juliana Pena did exactly the opposite of what Joe Rogan does
There's no threat. He's good to go. pic.twitter.com/69Sd49SD4d— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) November 12, 2017
Dwayne Johnson gave Bisping props for getting back into the cage so quickly.
Thanks @TheRock Gotta get back on that horse and make it right. Thank you for the kind words. Big fan here— michael (@bisping) November 12, 2017
Exactly. Only a Few would understand.— michael (@bisping) November 12, 2017
Good luck brother! Slip a jab in on JP for me haha— Mike Goldberg (@GoldieOnTV) November 12, 2017
It’s hard to get motivated to fight someone you just knocked out. Props to Holloway for taking this fight for the fans.
Cub Swanson and Max Holloway are all class:
keep pushing brother. go do what all your fans know you can do and bring dana a silverback so they can’t deny you. ill see you again at the top https://t.co/Jka3TdlF0J— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) November 12, 2017
Thanks I’ll be watching you do work in Detroit https://t.co/RUZ57rHnfy— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) November 12, 2017
At the end of the day it’s about respect for many of these fighters
This looked extremely painful. Poor John Dodson- Marlon Moraes insisted it was an accident.
this is a snl sketch bean bag shot. classic. pic.twitter.com/ytUyqnAf0r— Calhoun (@linkcalhoun) November 12, 2017
The MMA internet is genuinely hilarious sometimes
24 years ago yesterday, the UFC held it’s first event. How times have changed.
Nov12.1993— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) November 12, 2017
24 years ago today,
The very first UFC event in history took place in Denver, Colorado
It was a day that changed martial arts forever pic.twitter.com/gYaAalxhx3
Slips, Rips, and TKO Clips
Buakaw Banchamek brutal left hook faceplant KO this morning at Kunlun Fight 67. pic.twitter.com/7IGelEpgJK— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 12, 2017
In memory of Matt Brown’s huge elbow TKO, here’s another one from a guy debuting this weekend:
Slap TKO in a grappling competition? Awesome.
Hockey fights are one of those sub-genres of combat that make you wonder where George St. Pierre would be in an alternate universe.
This Hockey announcer can cover MMA fights pic.twitter.com/UYa5CtF1WP— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) November 13, 2017
You don’t see this happen often
Masakatsu Ueda submits Alan Yamaniha with just 8 seconds on the clock with an incredible straight armlock - Pancrase291 pic.twitter.com/LOmvL1oGZf— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) November 12, 2017
Brawl for All: Butterbean knocks out Bart Gunn pic.twitter.com/2BJyDMa9nH— WWE Rewind (@WWERewind_) November 12, 2017
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Hour
UFC Fight Night 120 turned out to be pretty incredible, especially the main event:
The UFC Norfolk post-fight show
This was not my Monday but we can’t all be this lucky
My Monday was more like this
Al Capone was not a good-looking man
Here's a lesser known mugshot of Al Capone at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary (1934-38). pic.twitter.com/SajBJH9cRy— Tim B. (@timothybissell) November 11, 2017
WATCH LIVE: Police in Oklahoma are chasing a truck off road. Story: http://now.wthr.com/2zzygvLPosted by WTHR-TV on Friday, November 10, 2017
Someone on Twitter reviewed the “weird foxes” and it was as good as Twitter comedy gets
corsac fox (vulpes corsac)— Colin J Carlson (@ColinJCarlson) November 12, 2017
• when soft: god's perfect fox. the highest fox design. too good.
• when pointy and not soft: uncanny, weird eyes, harrowing stare
• grade: A+ pic.twitter.com/rFX8QUyeUC
kit fox (vulpes macrotis)— Colin J Carlson (@ColinJCarlson) November 12, 2017
• i'll say it: they're trying too hard to be cute
• neither fox enough nor weird enough
• i'm making the unpopular call and taking a stand
• grade: C pic.twitter.com/eH684SfdC2
bat-eared fox (otocyon megalotis)— Colin J Carlson (@ColinJCarlson) November 12, 2017
• a return to weird fox form
• arguably the perfect deviant fox bauplane, doing it's own thing
• this fox answers to no one
• ears full of secrets?
• grade: A++. i will not be negotiated down from this. pic.twitter.com/gOOAXagm0F
by special request and appeal by @TheLabAndField a correction— Colin J Carlson (@ColinJCarlson) November 12, 2017
blue morph arctic fox's:
• innovative, clearly not a mainstream fox
• i've never seen game of thrones but when i look at this fox i feel an emotion that i think is wanting to watch game of thrones
• grade: A pic.twitter.com/iSVxtJFCRv