Conor McGregor involved in altercation with referee at Dublin MMA event
Last Updated: 11/11/17 3:47pm
Conor McGregor sparked controversy on Friday night when he was involved in an altercation with a referee at an MMA event in Dublin.
The two-weight UFC champion was in attendance at the Bellator 187 event in the Irish capital to watch his team-mate Charlie Ward take on John Redmond.
Moments after Ward had produced a first-round knockout to beat Redmond, McGregor leapt into the cage to celebrate with him.
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Referee Marc Goddard took exception to McGregor's actions and ordered him out, sparking a melee by pushing him away.
That angered McGregor and the Irishman retaliated, running after Goddard and shouting and pointing at him before he was escorted out of the cage.
McGregor, who was beaten by Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match in August, has not fought in the UFC since stopping Eddie Alvarez to capture the 155lb crown in November last year.