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Nevada commission schedules re-hearing for Nate Diaz UFC 202 press conference incident

Less than a month after the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) moved to dramatically reduce Conor McGregor’s punishment for the UFC 202 press conference melee, Nate Diaz will get his second shot as well.

Diaz will receive a re-hearing in front of the NAC on Wednesday, April 12 in Las Vegas, the commission announced late Friday. The announcement is very much expected, and arrives shortly after McGregor’s re-hearing with the NAC. Last month, McGregor saw his controversial commission punishment reduced from all the way from a $ 75,000 fine and 50 hours of community service down to a $ 25,000 fine with 25 hours.

The ruling ended a long saga for McGregor that began in Aug. 2016 when he and 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.

In the aftermath of the press conference, Diaz’s commission-mandated punishment mirrored McGregor’s. The NAC fined the Stockton native $ 50,000 — or 2.5 percent of his $ 2 million purse — along with handing him 50 hours of community service.

However, McGregor’s initial fine was even higher than Diaz’s due to his larger fight purse, and not surprisingly, McGregor balked at paying such a penalty.

With talks of a potential blockbuster fight between the Irishman and Floyd Mayweather heating up, the NAC ultimately elected to revisit its original decision on McGregor, with NAC executive director Bob Bennett stating of the commission’s first ruling, “I just didn’t think that was fair.”

In doing so, NAC representatives also indicated that an amended punishment for Diaz would be revisited as well. And with Diaz now scheduled for a “hearing on proposed adjudication agreement” at this month’s NAC meeting, it appears that process has largely been completed.

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

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.
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NAC Meets with Conor McGregor, Puts Request for Disciplinary Rehearing on March Agenda

The Nevada Athletic Commission will begin the process of re-evaluating the disciplinary action taken against Conor McGregor for his part in a bottle throwing incident prior to UFC 202 last year.
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Judge overturns NAC’s discipline of Wanderlei Silva, orders re-hearing

Wanderlei Silva scored a victory in court last week, but he’s not out of the woods yet.

A judge in Nevada district court ruled Friday that his discipline from the Nevada Athletic Commission — a lifetime ban and $ 70,000 fine — will be overturned, because it was “in excess of the statutory authority of the agency,” according to court documents obtained by MMAFighting.com. Silva will have to appear again in front of the commission for a re-hearing.

However, the argument put forth by Silva’s attorney Ross Goodman, that the NAC did not have proper jurisdiction because Silva was not a licensed fighter when it attempted to drug test him, was also thrown out. Judge Kerry Earley ruled that the NAC “properly exercised jurisdiction” in the matter.

Last May, the NAC sent a representative to Silva’s gym for a drug test in advance of Silva’s scheduled fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 last July. Silva “disappeared without explanation,” per the court document and did not provide a proper sample.

In June, Silva told the NAC that he had fled from the test, because he had used diuretics, a banned substance, to reduce inflammation from an injury. The commission handed Silva a lifetime ban from MMA competition and slapped him with a $ 70,000 fine in September. Earley found that “neither of these disciplinary actions is supported by substantial evidence in the record.” Earley said the court agreed that the suspension and fine were “arbitrary and capricious.”

As for the question of jurisdiction, Goodman said that Silva’s team is “evaluating our options to appeal” because the court did not specifically address language in the NAC’s regulations, limiting its jurisdiction to “licensed unarmed combatants.” Goodman did call the ruling “the first step in the right direction.”

It was immediately unclear when Silva, 38, would go back in front of the commission. Since being suspended, Silva has gone on a crusade against the UFC via YouTube videos. “The Axe Murderer” is still under contract with the organization and is not allowed to work with any other MMA promotion in any capacity.

Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC) is a legend of the sport best known for his days in PRIDE. He owns wins over Quinton Jackson, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping.

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