Conor McGregor facing HUGE fine for UFC 202 press conference antics
The UFC superstar's bank balance could take a significant hit after his Nevada Athletic Commission hearing today.
Conor McGregor has been fined 5% of his show purse ($150,000) and given 50 hours of community service for the UFC 202 presser incident.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 10, 2016
McGregor is currently before the NAC as it decides on a suitable punishment for the Dubliner after the UFC 202 press conference which descended into a fit of bottle-throwing and foul-mouthed outbursts from both the McGregor and Nate Diaz camps.
Having first recommended a $25,000 fine for the Crumlin fighter, as well as media training, things began to escalate.
First, one member felt a fine to the value of 5% of McGregor's earnings (estimated at $3million) from the fight would be more appropriate.
That $150,000 recommendation then doubled as the commission looked to stick the boot into the featherweight champion:
Commission now using the "think of the children!" defense. Suggests upping it to a 10% fine, which would be a whopping $300k.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 10, 2016
Commissioner: "No matter how wealthy you are, $300,000 would get my attention. A lesser amount would get my attention as well."— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 10, 2016
It seems that the proposal from McGregor's representatives of an alternative solution to the initial recommendation may have backfired:
McGregor's representatives instead propose a joint effort to create an anti-bullying campaign with the Nevada Athletic Commission.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 10, 2016
Lundvall still pushing for a higher fine because they want this anti-bullying campaign to be good, "and decent campaigns cost money."— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 10, 2016
However, another commission member stated he was having a "really hard time" with such a lofty fine "for throwing a water bottle", according to MMAFighting.com.
It remains to be seen how heavy-handed the NAC are with the Crumlin native, who stated (before such a massive fine was being talked about) that he will accept it's decision:
McGregor says he will accept any punishment the Nevada Athletic Commission decides on.— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) October 10, 2016
These are the scenes that have caused such outrage among some of the NAC's sitting members:
NAC hearing quotes: @MMAFighting