Bellew: Conor McGregor won't be fearing any ban after understandable outburst in Dublin
Conor McGregor celebrates with Charlie Ward (Picture: Bellator)

Conor McGregor has made the big apology and I don’t expect him to be banned.

Listen, McGregor was at a different organisation’s event and the UFC are not going to ban him for something he’s done at Bellator.

He’s apologised and said it was a silly thing to do, which it was. He’s made his case as to why he did it and I think he’s been very open about it.

He’s said the referee was a disgrace, stuff along those lines and you know what, sometimes things like that need to happen for a referee to realise you’re messing with people’s lives.

McGregor has witnessed someone lose their life in a cage. After a fight with the very man he was celebrating with in Dublin. Joao Carvalho died two days after being knocked out by Charlie Ward in a fight in 2016.

I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin. While trying to support a loyal teammate and friend, I let my emotions get the best of me and acted out of line. As a multiple weight UFC champion, executive producer, role model and public figure, I must hold myself to a higher standard. The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the wishes of the said fighters coach. The fight was over. After witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the opponent passed away from his injuries on the night, I thought the worst was about to happen again, and I lost it and over reacted. I am sorry to everyone. I sincerely apologize to the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time. That side will always have my respect, and lastly every one of my fans. I love yous all! I’ve always learned from my mistakes and this will be no different.

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It’s something McGregor never wants to go through or see again, he probably fears it happening again. I have loved ones and family who fear every single time I walk into a boxing ring.

They’re not really bothered by the event, but they fear at what can happen to me. So I do get it to a certain extent, not that I’m condoning what he’s done.

But, I can understand why he reacted like he did.

I’d be very surprised if the UFC punished him in any shape or form. He might get a suspended sentence of some kind of slap on the wrist, but nothing to write home about. He isn’t going to get banned anytime soon.

McGregor is the biggest global star the UFC has ever had and ever will have. They need him back as soon as possible. He’s not even penciled in for his comeback.

Bellew: Conor McGregor won't be fearing any ban after understandable outburst in Dublin
Referee Marc Goddard tried to remove Conor McGregor from the cage (Picture: Getty)

I’m itching to see him back, I’ll be live at the next one 100%. He’s fantastic.

Conor McGregor isn’t Roy Nelson is he? He’s not going to be held to the same standards and be banned. If he brings in the money he brings in, they can’t afford to punish him.

I’m not saying he shouldn’t be treated like everyone else, but the reality is he won’t be. It’s like saying will Cristiano Ronaldo be held to the same standards as Ross Barkley? No.

The UFC will not do anything that will keep McGregor out of the octagon and mess up their plans for him.

Do we believe these commissions are in control? Ultimately, these commissions answer to the UFC. The UFC pays the commissions so much money, the commissions cannot afford to get on their wrong side. Look at what happened with McGregor and Nate Diaz when they were throwing bottles around?

Nevada backed down after McGregor threatened to blacklist them for his future fights. It’s not going to happen. People won’t like to hear that or believe it, but listen, that’s just the reality.

The position the UFC are in, they almost have a monopoly on the sport. No one can touch them at the moment. It’s probably the most valuable asset in combat sports and it’s still growing.

They’ve got their megastar in McGregor and Georges St-Pierre is back now too. Organisations don’t sell for $4billion and then answer to a commission. That just doesn’t happen.

The Nevada commission, or any other commission in the world, is not knocking back a McGregor fight anytime soon. If Mike Tyson can do what he did all those years ago and still be allowed fight Lennox Lewis, then believe you me, no on can stop anything.

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