Pre-fight press conference mayhem has become the norm for fight cards featuring UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. He and Nate Diaz were heavily fined for their water bottle throwing incident at UFC 202 in August. On Thursday, UFC president Dana White struggled to maintain control of the UFC 205 press conference at Madison Square Garden when McGregor nearly launched at chair at his opponent, lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
McGregor was fashionably late to the press conference and Alvarez left the stage in protest of his opponent’s tardiness. When McGregor showed up, he snatched the lightweight champion’s belt from the press table. When Alvarez returned to the stage, a brawl nearly erupted.
Luckily, order was restored, but the moment was intense and dangerous. After the situation calmed, McGregor asked the crowd, “I wonder how much a chair would’ve cost me?” According to White, it would have cost the Irishman seven figures.
“Conor was in the middle of saying something, so I was looking at him and the chair went flying behind him. I thought that (Alvarez) threw the chair, but my guy has video footage and we looked at it. He was just fired up and just pushed the chair out of the way, and it just happened to slide across the floor,” explained White during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show.
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“Conor picks the chair up over his head like he’s going to throw it at him. And I’m like, ‘Conor, do not throw this chair! Do not throw this chair!’ So I’m trying to stop it. These chairs are like 15 pounds. They’re heavy metal chairs. He could’ve ….View full article