Conor McGregor doesn’t ever want to fight in Nevada again after being fined $150,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission. So says UFC president Dana White.
McGregor went before the NAC on Monday, Oct. 10, to answer for his part in a bottle-throwing melee with Nate Diaz, which occurred on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference. The commission, determined to humble McGregor, levied him a $150,000 fine, required him to complete 50 hours of community service, and ordered him to reimburse the commission for its adjudication expenses.
“Insanity. It’s insane,” White characterized the penalty on Wednesday’s edition of The Herd with Colin Cowherd. “We’re regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I don’t know if these guys don’t talk before they get together and do these things and try to make sense of what they’re (doing).”
“I’m not thrilled about (the bottle throwing incident), and we did the best we could to contain it at the time, but come on,” White said. “The other problem with that is Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‘I don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever!’
“Now how does that make sense for the state of Nevada? That you’re going to try to fine this kid and Nate that much money, it just makes people not want to come fight in our state and that’s not a good thing.”
The UFC is notorious for giving McGregor a lot of leeway when it comes to who, when, and where he wants to fight, so his declaration about no longer fighting in Nevada might hold more water than if another fighter made the same comment, and White knows it.
McGregor is a draw, and he is a draw anywhere he fights, not just in Las Vegas.
“Guess what? Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada,” White said. “He can fight anywhere. He can fight in Iowa. We can put his fight on an island off the coast of anywhere. This makes no sense for the state. It’s just terrible.”