Conor McGregor, currently one of MMA’s biggest stars, says he no longer wants to fight in Nevada.
McGregor’s hearing in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for his UFC 202 press conference bottle-throwing incident happened on Monday where the featherweight champion was fined $150,000. The incident occurred after Nate Diaz and his team unexpectedly walked out of the press conference, exchanging words with McGregor which eventually resulted in the two hurling water bottles and Monster Energy cans at each other across the crowded room.
Originally, the Nevada Attorney General suggested a $25,000 fine for McGregor along with 25 hours of community service and “media training” which later skyrocketed to a $150,000 fine, 50 hours of community service, and contribution towards an anti-bullying campaign. The increase in punishment came after McGregor’s representatives made a case that Diaz initiated the conflict and was the first to begin throwing bottles. McGregor, who wasn’t at the hearing in person, apologized over the phone saying that it was a high-stakes fight and his emotions got the best of him.
Commissioner Pat Lundvall, who has a record of being overly severe with her punishments, including her five-year ban of Nick Diaz for a positive marijuana test, argued that McGregor deserved a $300,000 fine saying he was “an athlete that may need to be taught a lesson and may need to be humbled.” Other commissioners on the board disagreed saying that her suggestion was too extreme.
As a result of this punishment, that most of the MMA community agree is far too severe, McGregor has stated that he no longer wants to fight in Nevada, which would potentially result in the state missing out on large revenues.
UFC president Dana White appeared recently on Colin Cowherd’s “The Herd” where he reacted to the NAC’s punishment of McGregor expressed his concern with it.
“I’m not thrilled about it when it happened and we did the best we could to contain it,” White said in reference to the incident at the UFC 202 presser. “But c’mon for throwing water bottles? Here’s the other problem with that, Conor McGregor hit me up yesterday and said, ‘I don’t want to fight in Nevada ever again. Ever.’
“Now how does that make sense for the state of Nevada? Now you’re going to try to fine this kid and Nate that much money, it just makes people not want to come fight in our state, and that’s not a good thing. And guess what? Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada. He can fight anywhere. He can fight in Iowa.”