Yesterday on the MMA Hour, NAC executive director Bob Bennett explained why Mayweather promotions could not be the sole promoter for this Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight.
“Floyd can’t pay his opponent,” Bennett said. “The UFC is a co-promoter, because they’ll be paying Conor. … Otherwise it would have been a conflict of interest — an opponent paying the other opponent.”
The rule comes from NAC 467.112 of its official regulations, which stipulates “a bout agreement which provides that an unarmed combatant is to pay for the services of his or her opponent is prohibited.”
TGB Promotions, the lead promoter for Mayweather’s mentor Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, also applied for and was granted co-promoter status for Mayweather vs. McGregor at the NAC meeting last week.
Per Bennett, Nevada licenses for promoters do not differentiate between MMA and boxing.
“They’re a promoter on record,” Bennett said of the UFC. “Our promoters license doesn’t state whether you have to be a boxing promoter or an MMA promoter.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting