The commissioner overseeing the Bellator 187 event in Dublin, where UFC champion Conor McGregor scaled the cage and interfered with the outcome of a teammate's bout, on Monday stated that the UFC has already sanctioned McGregor by pulling him from its year-end event.
But according to the card's regulatory head Mike Mazzulli, who serves as the director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation and the president of Association of Boxing Commission, UFC has handed out the first punishment to McGregor (21-3) behind the scenes.
He added: "I had some executives from the UFC contact me within two hours of what occurred".
His incursion came at the end of the round and McGregor believed the fight to be over - even though referee Marc Goddard was yet to officially indicate that it was.
'They did inform me that he was set to be on the December 30 card and he will not be on it. As Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland this past Friday, McGregor's SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward appeared to knock out fellow middleweight John Redmond with just one second left in the opening frame.
Conor McGregor sure knows how to make the headlines, but this week it's been for all the wrong reasons.
When Goddard attempted to pull McGregor away, he reacted furiously, pushing the referee and screaming insults.
Mazzulli said he is speaking to his attorneys upon returning to the U.S.to figure out what type of discipline he intends to carry out for McGregor's actions. I know I could take out Conor McGregor in two rounds.
He was pushed again by McGregor after he went to check on the fallen Redmond. "That's when I lost it. F*** yous all". It's over. You don't do it, I don't care how mad you are, how upset you are.
Following Pacquaio's initial withdrawal, Horn as well as his camp had called out the likes of McGregor, who had been a rumoured opponent, and Mayweather for a fight, receiving lots of criticism in the process.