Conor McGregor is looking to make history on November 12 when he takes on Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 205, the company's inaugural show at the famous Madison Square Garden.
Should the Irishman win he would become the first-ever two-weight champion in UFC history, even if president Dana White insists he will be stripped of the title as soon as he wins it.
However, the Notorious One has been embroiled in a side feud with the Nevada State Athletic Commission after they fined him a reported $150,000 for throwing a few bottles of water at Nate Diaz prior to their meeting at UFC 202, although it later emerged he was actually hit with a $75,000 fine.
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Still, McGregor has essentially refused to pay the literal price for his actions and told the NSAC: "Good luck trying to get it [the money]."
However, that's not the only state Mystic Mac could be in trouble with. It appears as though the New York State Atheltic Commission has fired a warning to McGregor via MMA Fighting where they reveal the UFC featherweight champion does not have a license to fight in the state yet, and they go on to insinuate that if he does not pay his outstanding fine with Nevada, that could jeopardise his mega-fight with Alvarez.
"The New York State Athletic Commission is aware of the Order issued by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Conor McGregor has not yet completed his application to the New York State Athletic Commission for a license, nor, to our knowledge, has he agreed to the fine levied by Nevada or exercised an appeal.
"It is also our understanding that the time within which Mr. McGregor may seek a legal challenge to the Nevada Order has not yet expired. An administrative fine without a concurrent suspension is not a mandatory bar to licensure.
"The New York State Athletic Commission expects its licensees to resolve disciplinary actions and comply with lawful final orders issued by the states in which they have chosen to compete, and will be closely monitoring this matter."
Closely monitoring the matter basically, means that McGregor needs to get those two matters resolved before he steps into the Octagon in New York. As time ticks on, it looks like the 28-year-old may be forced to pay up after all, especially if it meant leaving a potentially record-setting amount of money on the table should he not be able to fight on November 12.