The build-up to the Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz rematch at UFC 202 was always going to be just as exciting as the fight itself, with the unpredictable stars deciding to switch things up in their press conference on Thursday.
Although the verbal war was still ongoing, both men decided to launch water bottles at cans at one another from across the room, after Diaz decided to leave early following McGregor’s delayed arrival.
However, despite their actions adding more hype and potentially more pay-per-view buys for their clash, both men could be facing serious action, according to UFC President Dana White.
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Damon Martin of Fox Sports is reporting that White said the ‘wheels are already in motion for a lawsuit’ coming the UFC’s way.
White cleared up the comments on TMZ Sports, saying: “The word is that in this thing, somebody was injured, so there’s gonna be a lawsuit, who knows how it’s going to play out.
“I guarantee both of these guys are gonna get massive fines, and there’s probably going to be a hearing after the fight.”
The interesting thing to note is that the press conference took place in Las Vegas, the same place as where the event takes place.
This means that it will be the Nevada State Athletic Commission who will be in control of issuing discipline to both men, and whoever else was involved in the altercation.
Martin’s report also claimed that White said: “McGregor and Diaz could be facing suspensions, community service, and it’s gonna be ugly…it’s going to cost them both a lot of money, a lot of headache and hassle. They’re both in big trouble.”
While a financial punishment probably won’t faze McGregor too much, he’ll want to make sure no suspension comes his way as the UFC Featherweight Champion.
Is this a fair punishment for both men? Have your say in the comments section below.