Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz hyped their rematch at UFC 205 to great effect, stoking the flames of a no-bullshit rivalry with trash talk and such to make their fight one of the most watched in UFC history.
But the water bottle thrown at the pre-fight presser put McGregor in the crosshairs of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and yesterday they punished him for it.
As per MMAFighting:
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Monday unanimously voted to issue the UFC featherweight champion a $150,000 fine, or five percent of his $3 million show purse, for the bottle-throwing incident that took place between McGregor and UFC 202 opponent Nate Diaz on Aug. 17 at the Copperfield Theater inside the MGM Grand.
The NAC also handed down 50 hours of community service to McGregor and will require McGregor to participate in an anti-bullying campaign for the commission.
The ruling is a far cry from the initial recommendation of the Nevada Attorney General, who suggested a $25,000 fine, 25 days of community service, and five hours of “some sort of media training” for McGregor, while also calling the incident “a disrespect to the commission” and “a disrespect to the sport.”
I say it was still worth it for the Irishman to throw that bottle. I mean, who wouldn’t mind paying $150,000 for the opportunity to make the millions the fight ended up raking in for both competitors? It’s just simple math.