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Conor McGregor Levied Substantial Penalties for Bottle-Throwing Melee

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Conor McGregor went before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday, Oct. 10, for his part in a bottle-throwing melee with Nate Diaz, which occurred on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference.

McGregor was levied a substantial fine and a heavy dose of community service, but staved off a suspension that would have interfered with his UFC 205 headlining bout with Eddie Alvarez.

The incident in question at the UFC 202 press conference occurred after McGregor arrived 30 minutes late. During routine questions posed to the fighters, Diaz stormed off the stage, flipping the bird at McGregor. Things only got worse from there, as Diaz’s team, including his brother Nick, began throwing bottles at McGregor, and then McGregor began chucking water bottles and Monster Energy cans at Diaz and his camp.

The matter led to the NAC adjudicating disciplinary action against McGregor and Diaz. McGregor was before the commission on Monday, but Diaz asked for and received a continuance, so he will not go before the commission until a future meeting.

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McGregor’s attorney did not attempt to justify his actions, but tried to put them in context by offering that he reacted to Diaz and his camp, who threw bottles first.

For his part, McGregor, who was present via telephone, also offered no defense, apologizing and saying, “I was acting very rapidly and it just got out of hand. This fight had everything on the line for me. This was the highest paid fight I’d ever been in.”

While the attorney general’s office recommended a penalty that included a $25,000 fine, 25 hours of community service and 5 hours of ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly