Dana White: After NAC Fine, Conor McGregor Doesn’t Ever Want to Fight in Nevada Again

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 12, 2016
The Nevada Athletic Commission received a nice chunk of change by fining Conor McGregor earlier this week, but it may have cost the state much more in future UFC gates.

McGregor was fined $150,000 and sentenced to 50 hours of community service for his part in a bottle-throwing incident at a UFC 202 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas. The penalty -- five percent of McGregor’s $3 million purse for his bout against Nate Diaz -- is expected to be distributed evenly toward the state’s general fund and a public service announcement campaign that centers on anti-bullying.

Regardless of the cause, the sanction apparently didn’t sit well with the “Notorious” Irishman.

Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‘I don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever,’” UFC President Dana White said during an appearance on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday. “Now how does that make sense for the state of Nevada? You’re gonna try to fine this kid -- and Nate [Diaz] -- that much money, it just makes people not wanna come fight in our state. And that’s not a good thing.”

McGregor was punished for throwing water bottles and a Monster energy drink can at Diaz and his team in the middle of a pre-fight press conference on Aug. 17. An MGM Grand security guard was reportedly injured as both sides threw objects at each other. McGregor apologized for his actions during an NAC hearing on Monday.

However, it is ulikely that McGregor, who has headlined four of the top five MMA gates in the state’s history, will be taking his talents to Sin City again anytime soon. The UFC featherweight champion is currently booked to face 155-pound king Eddie Alvarez in the UFC 205 main event at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada. He can fight anywhere,” White said. “He can fight in Iowa. We can put his fight on an island off the coast of anywhere. It just makes no sense for the state. It’s just terrible.”


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