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Conor McGregor’s penalty reduced for bottle-throwing incident at UFC 202 press conference

Conor McGregor finally received his re-hearing in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) over his infamous UFC 202 press conference bottle-throwing incident, and it was a beneficial one.

McGregor’s punishment was adjusted to a $ 25,000 fine and 25 hours of community service during a Wednesday meeting of the NAC — a far cry from the $ 75,000 fine and 50 hours McGregor initially received from the commission in October.

The ruling ended a long saga that began on Aug. 17 when McGregor and the team of his UFC 202 opponent, Nate Diaz, engaged in a fiery skirmish inside of the Copperfield Theater in Las Vegas, bringing UFC 202′s pre-fight press conference to a premature end. Following a walkout by Diaz, the two sides hurled several water bottles at one another across the theater, with McGregor even throwing a Monster Energy can he grabbed off the dais. The incident was heavily promoted on various media throughout the rest of fight week and ultimately helped UFC 202 become one of the highest-selling UFC pay-per-views of all-time.

McGregor’s initial punishment for the incident was a costly one. In October, the then-UFC featherweight champion was issued a $ 150,000 fine — or five percent of his $ 3 million show purse — along with 50 hours of community service in a controversial ruling by the NAC. A week after the sentence, NAC executive director Bob Bennett announced that the fine had been misinterpreted and was cut in half, with $ 75,000 of the $ 150,000 fine being owed to the commission, and the other $ 75,000 representing the value of a public-service announcement McGregor could do for the commission.

McGregor’s reaction to the initial punishment was predictable. In an interview conducted with Rolling Stone in October, the Irishman shrugged off the commission’s fine, stating, “Whatever, it is what it is. Good luck trying to get it.” McGregor then added, “I don’t see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it. I’m free to do what I want.”

Later that same month, the nine-year run of ex-NAC commissioner Pat Lundvall came to an unexpected end. Whether coincidentally or not, Lundvall was the commissioner responsible for suggesting the $ 150,000 fine be imposed on McGregor.

On Wednesday, with talks of a blockbuster Floyd Mayweather fight heating up and big business looming that McGregor could provide to the state of Nevada, the NAC and representatives for the reigning UFC lightweight champion elected to revisit the original decision.

In laying out a “proposed settlement agreement” between the two sides, Nevada Deputy Attorney General Caroline Bateman noted that the conduct at the press conference that occurred between McGregor and Diaz was “not appropriate,” but did not ultimately impact their contest at UFC 202 — whereas a PED failure would — and thus the model of fining an individual by a percentage of their purse “doesn’t really work” in this instance. Bateman also noted the wildly differing purses for McGregor and other individuals who may find themselves in similar scenarios, stating that it did not make sense to fine McGregor significantly more than another fighter just because he gets paid more.

A revised punishment of a $ 25,000 fine and 25 hours of community service was then proposed, with Bennett explaining that McGregor had six months to fulfill the community service, which could be done in either Las Vegas or Dublin, Ireland. Bennett cited gym visits and speaking to youth as an example of community service that McGregor could do to fulfill the requirements. Bennett also echoed sentiments that the initial October ruling by the NAC was misguided.

“[McGregor] took full responsibility for his inappropriate behavior when he was on the telephone last time (in October),” Bennett said. “The line was a little broken, but he apologized profusely, not only to the commission, to the fans, to everybody who had observed that activity, and just said ‘hey look, I made a mistake, I apologize, I’m asking for your forgiveness.’ And I would respectfully remind you that there was no settlement agreement in place. We didn’t have any conversations with Mr. McGregor or his attorney as to, ‘well, this could happen, he may get fined, he may get suspended.’

“No, he just came forward and said, ‘hey look, I was out of line, I really apologize. I wish I hadn’t done it.’ And in essence, he placed the outcome in the hands of the commission, which I thought was very honorable of him.

“[There were] some references made to (Daniel) Cormier and (Jon) Jones’ incident, as I previously said, that was not on-point and it wasn’t a fair comparison,” Bennett added. “Because … of course what they were going to be making was significantly more than what Jones and Cormier did, just because the fines were higher. And in my opinion, with all due respect, I just didn’t think that was fair. And I think that’s one of the main reasons the chairman decided for us to have a meeting and to make this motion for reconsideration.”

As long as McGregor pays his revised fine, Wednesday’s result frees up the Irishman to pursue a boxing license in the state of Nevada in his continued pursuit of a big-money fight against Mayweather.

It also opens the door for Diaz to seek a re-hearing on his punishment for the UFC 202 press conference incident. In December, Diaz was fined $ 50,000 and issued 50 hours of community service under terms that mirrored McGregor’s for his role in the melee.

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NAC Fines Nate Diaz $50K for Water Bottle-Throwing Incident Prior to UFC 202

Nate Diaz has been fined $ 50,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his part in a bottle-throwing incident with opponent Conor McGregor at a press conference prior to their UFC 202 bout.
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Commission head: Conor McGregor was only fined $75K for bottle-throwing incident

Conor McGregor isn’t getting fined nearly as much as people thought, according to Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) executive director Bob Bennett.

Bennett told MMA Fighting on Saturday that the $ 150,000 being reported has been misinterpreted — McGregor will only be fined $ 75,000 for his role in an ugly water bottle-throwing fracas at a press conference in August.

The $ 150,000 number, Bennett said, is representative of the $ 75,000 fine plus what Bennett and commission chairman Anthony Marnell determined to be the value of a public-service announcement McGregor must do for the commission. McGregor was also given 50 hours of community service by the NAC on Monday at his disciplinary hearing.

Bennett said the public-service announcement was something McGregor and his attorney agreed to do. He only owes the commission $ 75,000 in fines, a sum that does not go to the commission directly, but to the state general fund, Bennett said.

“It appears the media and others got it wrong,” Bennett said.

McGregor and his team got into a nasty skirmish with Nate Diaz and his team at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference Aug. 17 at the Copperfield Theater inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Diaz and his team were leaving the event, but before they could exit the venue, egged on by a cursing McGregor, they began throwing water bottles and other foreign objects at McGregor’s team, seated below them. McGregor responded himself by throwing water bottles and an energy drink can toward Diaz’s team from the stage.

Diaz will go before the commission for a disciplinary hearing, likely next month.

McGregor’s $ 75,000 fine is representative of 2 1/2 percent of his $ 3 million purse, which does not include his pay-per-view share and other bonuses. Diaz’s purse was $ 1 million.

The state attorney general’s office’s initial recommendation was a $ 25,000 fine and 25 hours of community service for McGregor, but the commissioners motioned and voted for more.

The hefty commission fine drew criticism last week from fans, media, McGregor himself and even UFC president Dana White, who dubbed an $ 150,000 fine “insane” on Fox Sports 1. McGregor was flippant in remarks to Rolling Stone on Friday, telling the commission “good luck trying to get it” referring to the fine.

“I don’t see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it,” McGregor said. “I’m free to do what I want.”

Bennett was disappointed about the comments. He said McGregor threw an energy drink can that hit someone in the theater and still faced no criminal or civil case, nor a suspension from the commission. Bennett said the actions by McGregor and Diaz were “unacceptable” and when it happened White said himself that he was expecting commission discipline.

“They’re both getting punished,” White told TMZ the day after the press conference. “I mean, what everybody has gotta understand is we’re overseen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I guarantee you both of these guys are gonna get massive fines and there’s probably going to be a hearing, too, after the fight. There could be suspensions, community service. It’s gonna be ugly.”

When Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones got into a press conference brawl in 2014, both men were fined 10 percent of their purses. That came to a $ 50,000 fine for Jones and a $ 9,000 fine for Cormier.

Bennett said he spoke with McGregor before UFC 202 and appreciated him calling in for the commission meeting Monday. He said he believes McGregor was being contrite when he apologized.

“I understand that he’s upset,” Bennett said. “I understand that he commands a phenomenal following and paydays and he’s a world-renowned champ. I get that he’s frustrated — $ 75,000 is a lot of money. But I think the remark is inappropriate. In fairness to Conor — and I say this with the utmost respect — I just don’t think he understands how the system works when he’s fined.”

If McGregor doesn’t square up with the NAC and pay his $ 75,000 fine, it’s possible the New York State Athletic Commission will not license him to fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York City, though that seems like an unlikely scenario.

The Nevada commission came under fire from the public last year when it suspended Nick Diaz five years for a third marijuana offense in the state. A settlement was agreed to months later and Diaz’s ban was bumped down to 18 months.

Bennett said the commission is trying to do what it believes it is right and thinks the consistency will only increase under this current regime.

“[McGregor] wasn’t suspended, nor were people in either fighter’s camp that participated in this,” Bennett said. “The Nevada State Athletic Commission didn’t go after anybody else. … I’ll be the first to say that we’ve got it right sometimes and we haven’t gotten it right other times. When we don’t, we want to right the wrong.”

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Conor McGregor Punished by Nevada Commission for Bottle-Throwing Incident

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz hyped their rematch at UFC 205 to great effect, stoking the flames of a no-bullshit rivalry with trash talk and such to make their fight one of the most watched in UFC history. But the water bottle thrown at the pre-fight presser put McGregor in the crosshairs of the Nevada […]

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Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz hyped their rematch at UFC 205 to great effect, stoking the flames of a no-bullshit rivalry with trash talk and such to make their fight one of the most watched in UFC history. But the water bottle thrown at the pre-fight presser put McGregor in the crosshairs of the Nevada […]

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Conor McGregor fined $150,000 for UFC 202 bottle-throwing incident

Conor McGregor’s role in the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference ended up being a costly one.

The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Monday unanimously voted to issue the UFC featherweight champion a $ 150,000 fine, or five percent of his $ 3 million show purse, for the bottle-throwing incident that took place between McGregor and UFC 202 opponent Nate Diaz on Aug. 17 at the Copperfield Theater inside the MGM Grand.

The NAC also handed down 50 hours of community service to McGregor and will require McGregor to participate in an anti-bullying campaign for the commission.

The ruling is a far cry from the initial recommendation of the Nevada Attorney General, who suggested a $ 25,000 fine, 25 days of community service, and five hours of “some sort of media training” for McGregor, while also calling the incident “a disrespect to the commission” and “a disrespect to the sport.”

UFC 202′s pre-fight press conference ended prematurely on Aug. 17 when Diaz stormed out of the Copperfield Theater with his team while trading expletives with McGregor and flipping off the Irishman. The two sides ended up hurling several water bottles at one another across the theater, with McGregor even throwing a Monster Energy can that he grabbed off the dais. The incident was heavily promoted on various media throughout the rest of fight week and ultimately helped UFC 202 become one of the highest-selling UFC pay-per-views of all-time.

On Monday, McGregor’s attorney argued that Diaz was the first one to escalate the situation and that Diaz’s group was the first to throw any bottles. McGregor, speaking over the phone from Ireland, then apologized for his actions, admitting fault and stating that he acted “very erratically” and his emotions got the better of him during the melee.

“I just want to apologize for the incident, “McGregor said. “It was a very unusual incident as I saw it unfolding even. I just acted wrong, and all I can say is I’m sorry and I will learn from this. … This fight had everything on the line for me. This was the highest stakes fight I’d ever been in. I was in a different mindset. So all I can do is learn from it and learn to handle myself better if I find myself in a situation like that.

“I just want to own up and apologize for my part and say that it will not happen in the future. That’s really all I can say.”

McGregor’s attorney spent ample time arguing against a suspension that would prevent McGregor from competing in his headlining fight against UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez on Nov. 12 at UFC 205, however a potential suspension was never placed on the table by the NAC. Instead, the commission moved to dramatically increase the fine levied against McGregor, with commissioners Pat Lundvall and Michon Martin pushing for as high as a $ 300,000 sanction equivalent to 10-percent of McGregor’s show purse.

Lundvall argued that the endangering of people’s safety in the crowd at the press conference was something she found to be inexcusable, and noted the heavy weight of the Monster can thrown by McGregor. Lundvall then voiced her to support in doubling the Attorney General’s recommendation of 25 community service hours to 50 hours, as the extra time working with children would help “an athlete that may need to be taught a lesson, and may need to be humbled, as it relates to dealing with the public.” Lundvall also noted that a portion of the increased fine on McGregor would be go towards the anti-bullying campaign, and it was necessary because “decent campaigns cost money.”

Lundvall’s suggestions were met by disagreement from commissioners Anthony Marnell and Francisco Aguilar, both of whom argued that they were uncomfortable with a potential $ 300,000 fine. Marnell noted that the proposal appeared “really extreme” for an incident in which no one came to blows, while Aguilar argued that McGregor’s time and community service benefitted the Nevada community more than a sizeable fine, then pushed for the commission to adopt the Attorney General’s recommendations.

But ultimately, those pleas fell on deaf ears, as the commission unanimously approved to hit McGregor with a $ 150,000 fine as well as 50 hours of community service. The NAC also earmarked half of the $ 150,000 fine to go towards an anti-bullying public service announcement in which McGregor will appear.

A hearing for Diaz, initially scheduled to take place on Monday, was postponed to a later date.

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Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz to face commission discipline for ‘unacceptable’ bottle-throwing mess

The water bottle stops here.

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are both facing sanctions from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for their roles in a bottle-throwing mess last month at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference, commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday.

Direct complaints against both McGregor and Diaz have been filed by the Nevada attorney general’s office. The news was first reported by ESPN.com.

The complaint alleges that the two UFC 202 headliners are guilty of conduct “detrimental to a contest or exhibition of unarmed combat.”

“Totally unacceptable,” Bennett told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani in a recent interview. “Not indicative of the way professional fighters should conduct themselves. … It showed disrespect for press, fighters, UFC and the commission.”

The fracas took place Aug. 17, three days prior to UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Diaz left the press conference early, spurred on by his brother Nick, because McGregor came late. As Diaz and his team were leaving, they and McGregor’s team began hurling water bottles and other foreign objects at each other. McGregor himself threw a water bottle and a can of energy drink toward Diaz’s team from the stage at MGM Grand’s Copperfield Theater.

It’s unclear when the disciplinary hearings will be for both men. The next NAC meeting is scheduled for Sept. 29 and, sources said, another one could be set for Oct. 10.

The NAC fined Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier 10 percent of their fight purses after a press-conference brawl in 2014. McGregor made $ 3 million and Diaz took home $ 2 million in disclosed money at UFC 202. Jones was also made to do community service hours.

McGregor ended up beating Diaz in their rematch by majority decision.

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Dana White: Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz facing ‘massive fines’ after bottle-throwing mess

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz have more to worry about after their UFC 202 fight.

The two men are facing punishment from the Nevada Athletic Commission for their roles in the bottle-throwing mess at Wednesday’s UFC 202 pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White told TMZ on Thursday.

McGregor and Diaz won’t be fined or suspended by the UFC, according to senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler. Instead, the UFC will defer to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC), the regulatory body sanctioning the bout.

“They’re both getting punished,” White said. “I mean, what everybody has gotta understand is we’re overseen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I guarantee you both of these guys are gonna get massive fines and there’s probably going to be a hearing, too, after the fight. There could be suspensions, community service. It’s gonna be ugly.”

NAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMA Fighting on Thursday that the commission is reviewing the incident on video and the matter could be brought up at the NAC meeting in September. Bennett said if McGregor and Diaz are found to have broke commission rules, they could be sanctioned.

“If the fighters are in violation of NAC 467, we will take appropriate actions in accordance with our regulations,” Bennett said in a statement.

NAC statute 467.885 says a fighter can be suspended or have their licensed revoked if he or she “is engaged in any activity or practice that is detrimental to the best interests of unarmed combat.” NAC statute 467.886 says: “A person licensed by the Commission shall not engage in any activity that will bring disrepute to unarmed combat, including, but not limited to, associating with any person or entity if such an association brings disrepute to unarmed combat.”

White said someone was injured during the wild scene and a lawsuit is in the works as well. There was nothing pre-meditated about it, he added.

“It was 100 percent real,” White said. “If you’re gonna come up with something staged, throwing cans and bottles in a public place is probably one of the dumbest things. It’s gonna cost them both a lot of money, a lot of headache and hassle. They’re both in big trouble.”

McGregor came to the press conference late and then Diaz and his team left the press conference early, flipping McGregor the bird on the way out. McGregor’s team was near the door to the Copperfield Theatre at MGM Grand and the two sides began chucking water bottles, coffee cups and other things at each other. Then, McGregor on stage started launching water bottles and cans of Monster Energy toward Diaz’s team.

Both entourages have been banned from the rest of the UFC events this week, per Sholler. Only licensed corner people will be allowed to be around McGregor and Diaz.

Diaz and McGregor meet for a second time Saturday in the UFC 202 main event at T-Mobile Arena. Diaz won the first fight in March via second-round submission. It was McGregor’s first UFC loss.

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