The Nevada Athletic Commission may have thought they showed Conor McGregor (pictured) who was boss when they slapped the UFC featherweight champion with a $150,000 fine and 50 hours of community service for August’s UFC 202 press conference bottle-throwing incident, but it appears the only thing McGregor will give the NAC is an unpaid invoice.
McGregor was obviously upset about the excessive fine, which was 5 percent of his $3 million purse for UFC 202. UFC president Dana White came to his cash cow’s defense by stating it was downright “ridiculous.”
McGregor now wants to stick it to the NAC in two ways: he no longer wants to perform in Las Vegas and allow the NAC to bank off his star power, and he wishes the commission the best of luck in trying to collect a penny of their $150K fine.
“I don’t see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it,” McGregor told Rolling Stone. “I’m free to do what I want. … I’m good. I’m good. New York, New York. That’s what I think.
“I owned up. I man’d up. I’m here. I apologized. I’m not trying to blame nobody, although they fired the rounds off first. I didn’t think they would even go that route because I didn’t think this was like a real thing. Are they going to come and arrest me or what the f**k is that? I wanted to give them the respect and I felt they would have respected that but they didn’t. So, whatever. It is what it is. Good luck trying to get it.”
Because McGregor doesn’t intend on obtaining a license to fight in Nevada again, which has been home to his past four fights, all of which drew massive numbers at the box office, the NAC has no leverage in trying to collect any money from McGregor.
Nate Diaz, who initiated the bottle-tossing battle with McGregor, will meet with the NAC later this year to receive his punishment. Diaz was paid $2 million in August’s majority decision defeat to McGregor.
McGregor is slated to challenge lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez for his crown at UFC 205 on November 12. The UFC’s long awaited debut inside New York’s Madison Square Garden will post massive numbers at the gate and on pay-per-view.