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 Wards corner on the night, said that Wards 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 Conors very close friends and hes coming off two pretty devastating losses, said Kavanagh on The 6 Oclock 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 youre seeing someone that youre that close with, with two bad defeats and then has a great victory in front of his hometown crowdhe got a bit emotional, jumped in and he didnt 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 wasnt 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 Charlies 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.
Its the personal relationship that the two of them share, Kavanagh said.
Its like soccer players when they score goals and you see them running around and then some will go like this.
Its funny because Conor wouldnt even do that for his own victory. He gets more involved when its his teammates', his friends', victories.