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Commission Head Claims Conor McGregor Has Been Pulled From UFC 219

14 November 2017

McGregor, the UFC's lightweight champion, caused a ruckus at a Bellator event on Friday in Dublin, when he leaped into the cage after teammate Charlie Ward won via knockout. Speaking with Ariel Helwani on tonight's MMA Hour, Mike Mazzulli - the president of the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative and the lead regulator at the event in Dublin on Friday - claims that McGregor has already been punished by the UFC. I commend the UFC to some extent for doing that. "So, I do commend the UFC to some extent for doing that", Mazzulli said, later confirming that UFC officials told him McGregor had been scheduled to fight at UFC 219 on December 30, despite public perception being quite different. "They did inform me that he was set to be on the December 30th card and he will not be on it".

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) has been getting a lot of heat for calling out fights like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor - but the Australia star sees no issue with targeting either fighter - because of the money involved and he believes they are winnable fights. The incident comes just weeks after the same referee ejected him from a UFC Fight Night card in Poland for pacing around the cage and encouraging a teammate despite not being a licensed cornerman.

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The U.S. -based Mohegan Tribe Department of Regulation, which oversaw the event, characterized McGregor's actions as an "assault" on Goddard, and said he "jeopardized the health and safety of the bout participants". McGregor was escorted away, but returned moments later.

Mazzulli said: "McGregor took it upon himself to jump into the cage". That's when I lost it. Fuck yous all.

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McGregor then followed Goddard and pushed him in the back, which prompted other officials to hold McGregor back. The boxing great called the fight a "circus" and spoke publicly several times against the fight taking place.

"I've heard rumours that if they're [Pacquiao] going to fight again it's going to be against me and then Manny to retire", Horn told Nine's Sports Sunday panel via BoxingScene. "You have the right to be sanctioned".

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Commission Head Claims Conor McGregor Has Been Pulled From UFC 219