Conor McGregor slaps commissioner at Bellator 187 in Dublin

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The reigning UFC Lightweight champion began yelling at Goddard and appeared to shove him before being held back.

After his teammate Charlie Ward defeated John Redmond, McGregor leapt into the cage to offer his congratulations. Even more, he brought attention to Bellator MMA, UFC's chief rival.

At the end of the first round, after Ward dropped Redmond with a left hook, McGregor scaled the cage to celebrate with Ward who had seemingly vanquished his foe.

As Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com notes, McGregor has a history with Goddard. McGregor attacked Goddard, having to be physically restrained by others in the cage while seemingly continuing to verbally attack the referee. At UFC Fight Night 118 in Gdansk, Poland, McGregor tried to give instructions to Artem Lobov but was not an official cornerman.

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RCMP adds that the investigation is in its infancy, but that they believe drugs and/or alcohol were factors in the incident. All five were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of undisclosed minor injuries.

In addition to Friday's encounter with Goddard in the cage, McGregor also struck a member of the athletic commission who was attempting to prevent McGregor from entering the cage a second time. Goddard sent McGregor away.

Oh, and in case you're curious about what Dana White thinks about fighters touching referees, here's what he said a year ago.

The Bellator employee that McGregor slapped was Mike Johnson, and the organization released a statement Friday night saying it is looking into the incident. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, the UFC does to punish McGregor.

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