The Nevada Athletic Commission showed leniency toward Conor McGregor last month. On Wednesday, they did the same for Nate Diaz.
The NAC approved a reduced punishment for Diaz for his part in a water bottle-throwing melee at a pre-fight press conference to promote UFC 202 last August. Instead of a $50,000 fine and 50 hours of community service, Diaz will receive a $15,000 fine and 15 hours of community service. The new punishment was unanimous approved during a Wednesday hearing.
Diaz already paid the previous fine, so he will likely have a refund forthcoming. He has until Dec 30 to complete the terms of his community service.
Diaz and his team left the dais early during an Aug. 17 press conference in Las Vegas and began hurling water bottles in the direction of McGregor, who was still on stage. The Irishman responded by throwing water bottles and a Monster energy drink can at the group. A security guard was reportedly injured during the incident.
Last month, McGregor had a $75,000 fine and 50 hours of community service reduced to $25,000 and 25 hours of community service. McGregor had vowed to never fight in Nevada again and petitioned for a judicial review of the punishment before getting the revised sanction.
Diaz, meanwhile, accepted his punishment but the commission revealed plans to reach out to the Stockton, Calif., native following McGregor’s rehearing.
“I believe that it is appropriate to put in a motion for reconsideration on our next agenda for Nate Diaz,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell said then. “He did not contest his adjudication, but in trying to keep things fair and equal, I believe he needs the opportunity to have a re-hearing granted.
“I think we should at least grant that fighter that opportunity, if he would choose to come back before us to keep this issue between these two fighter on a very even and equal playing field. I will probably be reaching out to him and putting that on a future agenda.”
Diaz, who lost a majority decision to McGregor in their rematch at UFC 202, earned a disclosed $2 million for the Aug. 20 bout. He does not currently have a fight booked.