Conor McGregor has done a fantastic job of making Las Vegas his home.
The hype he builds towards his fights have resulted in him owning four of the top five live gate numbers, but there’s a chance we may never see Notorious fight there again.
This all stems down to the pre-UFC 202 antics. During his late arrival to the press conference, we witnessed Nate Diaz storm off, and the verbal insults turned to physical actions when the two men proceeded to throw water bottles towards each other from across the room.
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Earlier this week, it was revealed that the Nevada Athletic Commission had fined McGregor 5% of his purse, which is $150,000 of the $3 million disclosed pay he received, and he’ll also be doing 50 hours of community service, as well as participating in an anti-bullying campaign for the NAC.
Speaking on The Herd, UFC president Dana White spoke about the fine McGregor was handed by the NAC, calling it ridiculous, and revealing that the Irishman never wants to fight in Nevada ever again because of it.
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He said: “Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‘I don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever.’
“How does that make sense for the state of Nevada? That you’re gonna try to fine this kid and Nate that kind of money, it just makes people not want to come fight in our state. And that’s not a good thing.
“Guess what? Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada. He can fight anywhere. He can fight in Iowa, OK?
“We can put his fight on an island off the coast of anywhere. This makes no sense for that state. It’s terrible.”
Diaz is expected to have his meeting with the commission soon, and is in line to receive a similar punishment.
GETTING OFF LIGHTLY
Despite disciplining McGregor in the manner that they have, the deputy attorney general of the NAC recommended a $25,000 fine along with 25 days of community service, plus five hours of media training for the Irishman.
However, commissioner Pat Lundvall wanted the featherweight champion to pay $300,000, before they eventually settled on the $150,000 figure.
The UFC chose not to discipline the two men, allowing the commission to do it instead, but White doesn’t seem too happy with the decision they’ve reached.
He added: I’m not thrilled about it when it happened. We did the best we could to contain it at the time. But throwing water bottles? C’mon.
“I don’t want to go popping off at the mouth here and getting myself in trouble, either, but ridiculous. Insanity.”
As White said, not fighting in Nevada may not be a huge problem for Notorious as fans pack out arenas in their thousands wherever he goes; it’s their loss.
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