NAC to Reach Out to Nate Diaz for Possible Rehearing Regarding Water Bottle Throwing Fine

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 22, 2017

The Nevada Athletic Commission handed Conor McGregor a reduced punishment for the infamous UFC 202 pre-fight press conference bottle-throwing melee, and now it wants to look into doing the same for Nate Diaz.

On Wednesday, the NAC fined McGregor $25,000 and sentenced him to 25 hours of community service for hurling water bottles and a Monster energy drink can at Diaz after Diaz left the dais early during a pre-fight press conference on Aug. 17, 2016. McGregor was initially fined $75,000 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service before being granted a rehearing.

Diaz, meanwhile, was fined $50,000 and given 50 hours of community service for throwing water bottles on stage toward McGregor. That figure represents 2.5 percent of the disclosed $2.5 million purse Diaz received for UFC 202. While Diaz accepted the punishment, the NAC is interested in reaching out to the Stockton, Calif., native for a potential rehearing and reduced sanction.

“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. “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 currently does not have a fight booked and has not competed since losing a majority decision to McGregor in their rematch at UFC 202 on Aug. 20.

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