There’s been a lot of discussion over the week regarding the hefty $150,000 fine the Nevada State Athletic Commission reportedly handed to Conor McGregor for his part in the water bottle throwing incident earlier this year.
UFC personnel and fans alike have displayed their surprise at the NAC handing out a large fine for a minor, or silly issue, including the likes of president Dana White and McGregor himself.
White dubbed the fine 'insane' when speaking to Fox Sports, and revealed that the Irishman told him he never wants to fight in Nevada ever again.
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McGregor followed this up when he spoke to RollingStone.com, taunting the commission to come and get their money.
However, the NAC executive director Bob Bennett has revealed that McGregor won’t be paying a $150,000 fine, but only $75,000.
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Speaking to MMAFighting.com, he said: “It appears the media and others got it wrong.”
He highlighted that the $150,000 number that has been thrown around is representative of the $75,000 fine plus what Bennett and the rest of the commission determined to be the value of a public service announcement McGregor must undertake for the commission.
He also claims that McGregor and his attorney agreed to do the public service announcement, along with being handed 50 hours of community service, while also revealing that the $75,000 sum won’t go to the commission, but to the state general fund.
McGregor’s $75,000 fine equals to 2.5% of his $3 million purse he received, and that figure doesn’t include his pay-per-view share and other bonuses he may have collected.
Nate Diaz’s purse was $2 million despite losing in the rematch and throwing the first bottle, and he goes for a hearing next month and is expected to receive a similar punishment.
Bennett went on to discuss how McGregor spoke to him before UFC 202, and appreciate the fact that he called in for the meeting this week.
He added: “I understand that he’s upset, I understand that he commands a phenomenal following and payday and he’s a world-renowned champ.
“I get that he’s frustrated - $75,000 is a lot of money. But I think the remark is inappropriate. In fairness to Conor – and I say this with the utmost respect – I just don’t think he understands how the system works when he’s fined.”
With this revelation, it remains to be seen whether McGregor will change his stance on competing in Nevada, a state where he has a massive name for himself.
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