Mcgre­gor: Sorry..i lost it in cage fight in­va­sion

Fighter apol­o­gises but Ve­gas bout off

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES -

CONOR Mcgre­gor last night apol­o­gised and ad­mit­ted he “lost it” when he dived into a cage fight and pushed a ref­eree.

But the Notorious, who caused may­hem at the Bel­la­tor MMA event in Dublin on Fri­day night, blamed the ref for try­ing to pick up an un­con­scious fighter.

He posted on In­sta­gram yes­ter­day : “I sin­cerely apol­o­gise for my be­hav­iour at last week­end’s 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 Gonard 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 fighter’s 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.”

But Mcgre­gor’s De­cem­ber 30 UFC fight against MMA ri­val Tony Fer­gu­son in Las Ve­gas may be off be­cause of his an­tics. Mike Maz­zulli, pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Box­ing Com­mis­sions and Com­bat­ive Sports, said: “They [the UFC] did in­form me that he was set to be on the De­cem­ber 30 card and now he will not be on it.”

RE­TIRED box­ing leg­end Os­car De La Hoya has hinted he may go back into the ring – to take out Conor Mcgre­gor.

The 44-year-old fighter re­tired in 2009 after los­ing to Manny Pac­quiao in his fi­nal fight.

But yes­ter­day he said: “I still have it in me. I’ve been se­cretly train­ing, se­cretly train­ing. I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever.

“I know I can take out Conor Mcgre­gor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds.

“Just one more [fight]. I’m call­ing him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need.

“Let’s get it straight – in the cage, he would freak­ing de­stroy me. Only in the ring.”

De La Hoya won 10 world ti­tles dur­ing his ca­reer, los­ing just six of his 45 bouts. EMO­TIONAL Conor clashes with of­fi­cial in oc­tagon raid OP­PO­NENT Tony Fer­gu­son

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