The Nevada Athletic Commission told MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday that it is looking into the altercation between Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, and their respective fight camps that took place at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference.
The press conference started late with Diaz and his camp arriving first. Company president Dana White started the press conference, saying they would move forward with or without McGregor.
After he finally arrived, 30 minutes late, McGregor answered a few questions, but it only took a few minutes before Diaz had enough of the presser and stormed off the stage. As he walked way, words and then bottles began flying between McGregor, Diaz, and their camps, with UFC officials and MGM Grand Security trying to calm the situation.
Order was finally restored, but White ended the press conference, apologizing to fans and media in attendance.
The Nevada Athletic Commission, which holds jurisdiction over the event, will likely weigh in on the situation, and could penalize the fighters, but wasn’t prepared to address the situation as of Wednesday afternoon.
“The Nevada State Athletic Commission has reviewed the press conference videos,” NAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMAWeekly.com. “At this time we are looking into the conduct of all parties involved and have no comment.”
The NAC has addressed a similar situation in the past, when Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into a pushing and shoving match during a media event. That incident resulted in the destruction of the UFC’s display and spilled over into the crowd.
Following their media day brawl, Jones and Cormier were both penalized by the NAC. Jones was fined $50,000 and issued 40 hours of community service, while Cormier was fined $9,000 and issued 20 hours of community service.