Conor McGregor Has Fallen For His Own Myth Again, Will His Lack Of Self-Control Crash His Career? | Media Hard

Conor McGregor Has Fallen For His Own Myth Again, Will His Lack Of Self-Control Crash His Career?

Conor McGregor Has Fallen For His Own Myth Again, Will His Lack Of Self-Control Crash His Career?

Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor poses upon arrival to attend the world premiere of the documentary film ‘Conor McGregor: Notorious’ at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin, Ireland on November 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)

After Charlie Ward won, Conor leapt into the cage jumping on Charlie in congratulations. Officials, including referee Marc Goddard ordered him out. This received an agitated and belligerent reaction from McGregor who strode after Goddard, shoving him, with his entourage piling into the cage, including Artem Lobov, knocking Goddard and other officials into dazed John Redmond, who was still on the ground, and had to crawl away. Conor continued to shout at Marc Goddard in a volatile and pompous manner, before exiting the cage, raising his arms in blatant arrogance:

It gets worse though. TMZ captured footage of him doing this, and of him trying to force his way back into the cage, after first leaving. McGregor then boorishly trots around the Octagon, stealing the limelight away from his teammate Charlie Ward, his ego pumping, his self-importance and arrogance usurping his sense of decorum. Like a clown, McGregor hops about raising his hands to pump the crowd, fueling his own sense of righteous superiority, and then proceeds to mount the Octagon cage.

This is his favoured seated position when he desires to be the center of attention. While there, he proceeds to openly throw a swift open handed slap or punch at Mike Johnson, a Bellator official, who is trying to get McGregor down from the cage.

Once again, McGregor has fallen for his own myth. He has shown exuberance and delight at the achievements of Artem Lobov, Gunnar Nelson, and Charlie Ward before, but this was different. McGregor’s actions can be seen as none other than recalcitrant to MMA officials, and to authority in his personal life.

There aren’t mitigating circumstances?

No, there aren’t. The intransigence of McGregor’s idyllic and cult-of-a-personality fans will enable them to still dismiss this incident or put their heads in the sand. They really shouldn’t. He’s completely in the wrong. If he was just an ordinary citizen and put his hands on a referee, and also slapped Mike Johnson, a Bellator official, he’d be arrested. That’s beyond brazen. It’s repugnant.

McGregor’s fans will defend him under the same circumstances as seeing a family member enter the Octagon. Yeah, well they enter when allowed. Conor isn’t a relative of Charlie Ward, he’s a teammate. A teammate isn’t a legal or regulatory designation. Either you’re a licensed corner-man or not, and even then you can’t just invade the Octagon. Once the referee brings in the medical officials to address the needs of the K.O’d fighter, then others can enter. All McGregor had to do was wait a minute and this wouldn’t have been an issue, but he couldn’t control himself.

McGregor overshadowed Charlie Wards’ achievement, just as he did with the Artem Lobov- Andre Fili fight in Gdansk. That is where he first had a confrontation with Marc Goddard, which led to Conor being escorted from the arena at UFC Gdansk for coaching his teammate Artem Lobov from the crowd as an unlicensed corner-man, and then calling Andre Fili a faggot when consoling Lobov. Whether or not he’s highly supportive of his teammates, McGregor needs to recognize there are parameters.

Consequences, what consequences?

This event was in Dublin, but regulated by the Mohegan Sun Commission, and its director Mike Mazzulli, who is also the head of the Association of Boxing Commissions, told reporters in Dublin that McGregor isn’t above MMA. On Saturday, Mazzulli issued a statement decrying McGregors’ actions as jeopardizing participants and assaulting staff.

If Mazzulli and Mohegan decide to pursue actions against McGregor, like banning him, because Mazzulli and Mohegan are well respected, California, New York, and even Nevada State Athletic Commissions may reflexively, uphold the ban for McGregor in their respective states. This could include boxing, not just MMA. There will be some serious pleading with Mazzulli not to pursue actions.

This would present a frustrating palm-to-face situation for the UFC. Would Dana White be a hypocrite and not reprimand McGregor, when Jason High pushed a referee in 2014, and Dana stated "you don’t ever, ever f***king touch a referee; ever. You’re done here."

The UFC won’t be pleased by this as it boosted the profile of Bellator, a competitor, as well as jeopardized the UFC’s own plans for UFC 219 by its own contracted fighter. This is a publicity win for Bellator, to be associated with McGregor, and they’re fully touting this online.

Considering Bellators’ historically poor seating choices, usually positioning VIP’s ahead of the 3 or 4 rows of media, they could have indirectly contributed to McGregor being able to invade the Octagon. Where was the venue security? The UFC are more responsible, and station the press beside and around the Octagon, and that positioning acts as a barrier against such incidents.

However, the UFC will be more worried about what the commissions will do. The UFC probably won’t want to sanction him, he’s too valuable to them, but they should, admonishing him severely. McGregor needs to know he’s not above the promotion, and needs to be reprimanded in an employer-employee manner. His ego and hubris are outrageous. His success story is corrupting his humility. He’s in the public eye, his conduct should be much better.

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On Friday night in the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, there was a Bellator co-promotion with BMMA, where Conor McGregor’s SBG teammate, Charlie Ward was fighting John Redmond. Charlie won but Irish MMA, the UFC, and Conor McGregor all lost; maybe Bellator won.

Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor poses upon arrival to attend the world premiere of the documentary film ‘Conor McGregor: Notorious’ at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin, Ireland on November 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)

After Charlie Ward won, Conor leapt into the cage jumping on Charlie in congratulations. Officials, including referee Marc Goddard ordered him out. This received an agitated and belligerent reaction from McGregor who strode after Goddard, shoving him, with his entourage piling into the cage, including Artem Lobov, knocking Goddard and other officials into dazed John Redmond, who was still on the ground, and had to crawl away. Conor continued to shout at Marc Goddard in a volatile and pompous manner, before exiting the cage, raising his arms in blatant arrogance:

It gets worse though. TMZ captured footage of him doing this, and of him trying to force his way back into the cage, after first leaving. McGregor then boorishly trots around the Octagon, stealing the limelight away from his teammate Charlie Ward, his ego pumping, his self-importance and arrogance usurping his sense of decorum. Like a clown, McGregor hops about raising his hands to pump the crowd, fueling his own sense of righteous superiority, and then proceeds to mount the Octagon cage.

This is his favoured seated position when he desires to be the center of attention. While there, he proceeds to openly throw a swift open handed slap or punch at Mike Johnson, a Bellator official, who is trying to get McGregor down from the cage.

Once again, McGregor has fallen for his own myth. He has shown exuberance and delight at the achievements of Artem Lobov, Gunnar Nelson, and Charlie Ward before, but this was different. McGregor’s actions can be seen as none other than recalcitrant to MMA officials, and to authority in his personal life.

There aren’t mitigating circumstances?

No, there aren’t. The intransigence of McGregor’s idyllic and cult-of-a-personality fans will enable them to still dismiss this incident or put their heads in the sand. They really shouldn’t. He’s completely in the wrong. If he was just an ordinary citizen and put his hands on a referee, and also slapped Mike Johnson, a Bellator official, he’d be arrested. That’s beyond brazen. It’s repugnant.

McGregor’s fans will defend him under the same circumstances as seeing a family member enter the Octagon. Yeah, well they enter when allowed. Conor isn’t a relative of Charlie Ward, he’s a teammate. A teammate isn’t a legal or regulatory designation. Either you’re a licensed corner-man or not, and even then you can’t just invade the Octagon. Once the referee brings in the medical officials to address the needs of the K.O’d fighter, then others can enter. All McGregor had to do was wait a minute and this wouldn’t have been an issue, but he couldn’t control himself.

McGregor overshadowed Charlie Wards’ achievement, just as he did with the Artem Lobov- Andre Fili fight in Gdansk. That is where he first had a confrontation with Marc Goddard, which led to Conor being escorted from the arena at UFC Gdansk for coaching his teammate Artem Lobov from the crowd as an unlicensed corner-man, and then calling Andre Fili a faggot when consoling Lobov. Whether or not he’s highly supportive of his teammates, McGregor needs to recognize there are parameters.

Consequences, what consequences?

This event was in Dublin, but regulated by the Mohegan Sun Commission, and its director Mike Mazzulli, who is also the head of the Association of Boxing Commissions, told reporters in Dublin that McGregor isn’t above MMA. On Saturday, Mazzulli issued a statement decrying McGregors’ actions as jeopardizing participants and assaulting staff.

If Mazzulli and Mohegan decide to pursue actions against McGregor, like banning him, because Mazzulli and Mohegan are well respected, California, New York, and even Nevada State Athletic Commissions may reflexively, uphold the ban for McGregor in their respective states. This could include boxing, not just MMA. There will be some serious pleading with Mazzulli not to pursue actions.

This would present a frustrating palm-to-face situation for the UFC. Would Dana White be a hypocrite and not reprimand McGregor, when Jason High pushed a referee in 2014, and Dana stated “you don’t ever, ever f***king touch a referee; ever. You’re done here.”

The UFC won’t be pleased by this as it boosted the profile of Bellator, a competitor, as well as jeopardized the UFC’s own plans for UFC 219 by its own contracted fighter. This is a publicity win for Bellator, to be associated with McGregor, and they’re fully touting this online.

Considering Bellators’ historically poor seating choices, usually positioning VIP’s ahead of the 3 or 4 rows of media, they could have indirectly contributed to McGregor being able to invade the Octagon. Where was the venue security? The UFC are more responsible, and station the press beside and around the Octagon, and that positioning acts as a barrier against such incidents.

However, the UFC will be more worried about what the commissions will do. The UFC probably won’t want to sanction him, he’s too valuable to them, but they should, admonishing him severely. McGregor needs to know he’s not above the promotion, and needs to be reprimanded in an employer-employee manner. His ego and hubris are outrageous. His success story is corrupting his humility. He’s in the public eye, his conduct should be much better.

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