Even if you don’t follow Conor McGregor’s every move, you’re probably aware of his character — a cocky, loud mouthed, tattooed cage fighter who flips up middle fingers at opponents, the media, his boss. Pretty much anyone, really.

So naturally, we didn’t expect any sort of remorse over the crazy incident from Bellator 187 on the weekend, when McGregor crashed the cage after teammate Charlie Ward appeared to have won in the closing seconds of the first round. Referee Marc Goddard would later claim that he had not called off the fight, but mistakenly signaled the end of the round one second too early, which is why McGregor (and everyone else) thought the fight was over.

McGregor has already been reported to the appropriate Athletic Commission and could face fines or suspensions for his actions, which include verbal abuse of an official and a physical shove of Goddard. It should be pointed out that McGregor was not a registered cornerman for Ward, and therefore had no business being in the cage regardless. It has been reported that the UFC has already pulled McGregor from a planned fight at UFC 219 on December 30 over concerns he may not be eligible to fight after the incident.

On Wedneday, McGregor actually took to Instagram to issue what seems like a sincere apology for his actions.

I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin. While trying to support a loyal teammate and friend, I let my emotions get the best of me and acted out of line. As a multiple weight UFC champion, executive producer, role model and public figure, I must hold myself to a higher standard. The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the wishes of the said fighters coach. The fight was over. After witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the opponent passed away from his injuries on the night, I thought the worst was about to happen again, and I lost it and over reacted. I am sorry to everyone. I sincerely apologize to the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time. That side will always have my respect, and lastly every one of my fans. I love yous all! I’ve always learned from my mistakes and this will be no different.

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Here’s the transcript:

I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last weekends fight event in Dublin. While trying to support a loyal teammate and friend, I let my emotions get the best of me and acted out of line. As a multiple weight UFC champion, executive producer, role model and public figure, I must hold myself to a higher standard.

The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the wishes of the said fighters coach. The fight was over.

After witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the opponent passed away from his injuries on the night, I thought the worst was about to happen again, and I lost it and over reacted. I am sorry to everyone.

I sincerely apologize to the Director of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time. That side will always have my respect, and lastly every one of my fans. I love yous all!

I’ve always learned from my mistakes and this will be no different.

Now that everyone has had a couple days to cool off, the outrage over the incident is subsiding. Goddard released a lengthy and well thought out statement on the incident, in which he details how he made a mistake in ending the first round a second too early, and then attempted to control the ensuing confusion. It’s long, but it’s a good read if you’re curious.

McGregor may just be trying to avoid punishment, since a deleted tweet from November 13 was overly critical of Goddard.