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John Kavanagh describes Conor McGregor as ‘overemotional’ at Bellator 187

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

John Kavanagh appeared on TV3’s The Six O’clock Show on Monday evening and discussed Conor McGregor’s controversial appearance at Bellator 187 in Dublin on Friday night.

After scaling the cage fence in celebration with his teammate Charlie Ward, footage shows that McGregor shoved referee Marc Goddard and slapped a Bellator official.

Commenting on the incident, Kavanagh, who was in Ward’s corner on the night, said that Ward’s big win caused McGregor to become “overemotional”. He also underlined that McGregor was not aware that the contest had not officially been brought to a close.

“Charlie is one of Conor’s very close friends and he’s coming off two pretty devastating losses,” said Kavanagh on The 6 O’clock Show.

“He lost fast and hard in both his UFC fights and was dropped by the UFC and then he fought on Bellator.

“So, when you’re seeing someone that you’re that close with, with two bad defeats and then has a great victory in front of his hometown crowd…he got a bit emotional, jumped in and he didn’t realize that the fight had no actually been called.

“He thought when he knocked the guy down it was over, but it was actually just the end of the round. The fight wasn’t over.

“The referee was trying to tell him that the fight was over. It was pretty obvious it was over, in his defense. He was a little bit over emotional there, but you sort of understand when you know his and Charlie’s relationship over the last number of years.”

Kavanagh further stressed that the nature of McGregor's relationship with Ward forced him to act in the manner that he did.

“It’s the personal relationship that the two of them share,” Kavanagh said.

“It’s like soccer players when they score goals and you see them running around and then some will go like this.

“It’s funny because Conor wouldn’t even do that for his own victory. He gets more involved when it’s his teammates', his friends', victories.”

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