There’s been a lot said about the $150,000 fine Conor McGregor has received by the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier this week, with the Irishman no longer interested in fighting in the state.
The majority of people that have shared their two cents on this story admit it’s a bit of an overreaction for throwing water bottles and energy drink cans across the room, and we have to wait and see the punishment that Nate Diaz will also receive.
Despite apologising for his part in the incident during the meeting, the harsh decision was still made and the current featherweight champion shared his surprise at the amount with RollingStone.com, and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be forking out the cash anytime soon either.
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He said: “I don’t see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it. I’m free to do what I want. I’m good. I’m good. New York, New York. That’s what I think.
“I thought they might respect (me calling in) a little bit more. I owned up. I manned up. I’m here. I apologised. I’m not trying to blame nobody, although they fired the rounds off first. I didn’t think they would even go that route because I didn’t think that was like a real thing.
“Are they going to come and arrest me or what the f**k is that? I wanted to give them the respect, and I felt they would have respected that, but they didn’t. So, whatever. It is what it is. Good luck trying to get it.”
RESPECT TO THE NSAC
Diaz is expected to receive a similar punishment, considering he threw the first bottle and although his hearing hasn’t yet taken place, McGregor hopes he’s given the same treatment but hopes nothing like this takes place again.
He continued: “I do not wish to see Nate get any more or any less than me. I don’t want to see either of us have something like this happen. But we’ll see what happens. I don’t know. If they went that way on me, I don’t know what way they’re going to go on him.
“He threw the bottle first, but I don’t wish he get more than me or anything like that. I just wish we’d get it sorted out and get on with it and carry on.
“Respect to them,” McGregor said of the NSAC. “They wanted me to pay them and work for them at the same time. How can I not respect that? Good luck to them.”
While this entire situation and subsequent fine seems absurd over a minor issue, it might be wise for McGregor to pay up rather than be on the wrong side of the commission, even if he doesn’t want to fight in Nevada again.
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