If you got to witness Conor McGregor’s dominating TKO victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 back in November, you most likely also saw his epic interview afterwards that ended with the classic line: “I just want to say from the bottom of my heart I’d like to take this chance to apologize to absolutely nobody!”
Regardless of your feelings of McGregor, it was one hell of an interview, but many British and Irish fans, specifically those who were watching on eir and BT Sport, got the extremely watered down version, with many of McGregor’s best lines getting edited out.
One reddit user recently reached out to BT Sport for an explanation and here was the response:
During the UFC post-fight interviews we had to remove the offensive language used in order to comply with the requirements of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.
Strong language can appear on television providing it airs after the watershed begins (at 9pm); however, the watershed ends at 5:30am. When the interview takes place after this time, when children could be watching, we had no alternative but to obscure the many expletives used.
We acknowledge that this response won’t fully alleviate your concerns. However we would like to assure you that we take our responsibility as a broadcaster very seriously and this includes adhering to Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code.
Maybe if McGregor’s cuts down on the cussing in his post-fight interview next time, fans will be able to catch the whole thing. But we doubt he’ll do that.