Conor McGregor made millions of dollars throwing a water bottle at Nate Diaz in the press conference leading up to their UFC 202 rematch. But the Nevada State Athletic Commission wanted their cut of that dough, so they fined the Irish superstar a pretty substantial amount.
Now, according to Dana White, McGregor isn’t too keen on fighting in Nevada again.
As per MMAFighting:
“Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‘I don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever,'” White said. “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.”
McGregor was fined for his role in an ugly water bottle-throwing incident at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference Aug. 17 at the David Copperfield Theater inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas. McGregor, Nate Diaz and their respective teams threw water bottles at each other during the media event. McGregor even tossed an energy drink can toward Diaz’s team from the stage.
On Monday, the NAC fined McGregor 5 percent of his purse (or $150,000 out of his $3 million disclosed pay) and will make him do 50 hours of community service. McGregor will also have to participate in an anti-bullying campaign for the commission.
“Guess what?” White said. “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 the state. It’s terrible.”