The UFC 202 press conference featuring Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor was wildly entertaining, but the two fighters might have to pay for their bottle-throwing shenanigans.
ESPN is reporting that McGregor and Diaz might face sanctions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for conduct that is “detrimental to a contest or exhibition of unarmed combat.” These sanctions could lead to suspensions and fines for both fighters.
In case you forgot, McGregor showed up nearly 25 minutes late to the presser at the Ka Theater in the MGM Grand. Shortly after he arrived, the two combatants engaged in some not-so-friendly discourse before launching water bottles at each other from across the theater.
While the incident undoubtedly increased the hype surrounding the fight, UFC president Dana White “guaranteed” that McGregor and Diaz would get into “big trouble,” and now it appears they will.
The NSAC has precedent for fining fighters. The commission levied fines on Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in two separate incidents in the past. The fines equaled 10 percent of the purse for each fighter’s respective event.
If there’s a similar punishment for McGregor and Diaz, it’ll be a huge blow to their wallets. McGregor raked in $3 million and Diaz cashed in $2 million in disclosed money for the fight.
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