Commission rep issues statement on Conor McGregor 'assault' at Bellator 187

Conor McGregor confronts referee as celebrations turn sour at Bellator 187

WATCH: UFC's Conor McGregor shoves ref during wild melee in Bellator MMA cage

After Ward knocked out John Redmond, but before the referee and other officials could check on the health of the fighters, McGregor scaled the Bellator cage and tackled his teammate in celebration.

Though McGregor's actions are inexcusable, it's not a complete mystery why the UFC lightweight champion might have an issue with Goddard.

McGregor had reacted agressively to Goddard's push on him following his embrace of Ward following his win and proceeded to pursue the referee much to the amazement of spectators. According to MMAFighting, Goddard and McGregor have a history together - he had ordered McGregor to leave cageside last time Artem Lobov fought in the UFC. In fact, a fight was stopped midway through at UFC Gdansk after McGregor was seen walking the perimeter of the Octagon and coaching his teammate. Following the fight, footage was captured of McGregor opening up on the incident and referring to Goddard as a "rat".

His victory prompted McGregor to leap into the Octagon to celebrate with Ward at the 3Arena.

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"The MTDAR has been in consultation with the upper management of the UFC regarding Mr. McGregor's inappropriate and unacceptable behavior".

Bellator have since released a statement, which reads: "We're aware of the in-cage altercation involving Conor McGregor and a Bellator staff member". The UFC is now in negotiations regarding McGregor's potential return to the UFC in December, according to recent comments by president Dana White.

That said, it is unclear what type of ramifications his actions might trigger.

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