NSAC Lowers McGregor’s Fine to $25K
Conor McGregor’s punishment for his involvement in the pre-UFC 202 bottle-throwing incident with Nate Diaz has been lessened. The Nevada State Athletic Commission held a hearing today to reconsider McGregor’s fine and community service requirements, significantly slashing the initial punishment.
Back in October, McGregor spoke with the Nevada Commission over the phone during his initial hearing. After McGregor said that he would accept any punishment handed to him, the NSAC slammed him with one of the largest fines they have ever handed a fighter: $150,000 ($75,000 and McGregor’s financing and involvement of a $75,000 anti-bullying PSA).
McGregor, considering the punishment to be excessive, asked for a rehearing, which was held on March 22. The commission voted to issue McGregor a much smaller suspension.
OFFICIAL: Conor McGregor’s punishment over the UFC 202 incident has been changed to a $25,000 fine and 25 hours of community service.
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) March 22, 2017
The new punishment is $25,000 and 25 hours of community service, numbers that are more consistent with the past punishments the commission has handed down to athletes for similar infractions.
According to NSAC executive director Bob Bennet, McGregor’s community service would have to be completed within six months, and could happen in either Dublin or Las Vegas.
Getting the rehearing settled was about more than just taking less off McGregor’s bank account: he has now removed one more roadblock in the way of his potential boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor would need to acquire a boxing license in Nevada in order for that fight to be made.
At the rehearing, the commission made it clear that they would "probably approve Conor’s license" and that they look forward to having him continue fighting in Las Vegas, in boxing or MMA.