Eyebrows were raised throughout the MMA world recently when it was reported Conor McGregor has been hit with a $150,000 fine from the Nevada Commission. But now the commission’s executive director is saying the reports were incorrect…sort of.
Last week it was reported that McGregor was being fined $150,000 for his involvement in a water bottle throwing incident that went down at a pre-UFC 202 press conference. In addition, it was reported the Irish star was sentenced to 50 hours of community service, and that he has to do a public service announcement for the commission.
But, in a new report from MMA Fighting.com, NAC executive director Bob Bennett told the outlet that McGregor was fined $75,000. The other $75,000 that has been reported in the $150K figure, is apparently an estimate of the public service announcement’s value, and not a fine….So, in other words, McGregor was fined 2.5% of the $3 million dollar purse he collected for decisioning Nate Diaz on August 20th, and not 5%, as originally reported.
It will be interesting to see if any of this changes McGregor’s mind, as the featherweight champ has said he doesn’t see himself fighting in Nevada anytime soon, as a result of the fine. In addition, recently McGregor told the commission “good luck”, in terms of collecting the fine.
McGregor is scheduled to challenge lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, which will take place on November 12th in New York City.