Nate Diaz’ re-hearing with the NAC has been set for Wednesday, where the fan favorite will hope to receive a reduced fine for his bottle-throwing antics at UFC 202.
Last month, UFC sensation Conor McGregor met with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) to settle a dispute over the $75,000 fine he received for throwing water bottles and cans of monster energy at team Diaz at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference.
McGregor, the current UFC lightweight champion, engaged in a bottle-throwing melee with opponent Nate Diaz and his team. Diaz and members of the ‘scrap pack’ initiated the exchange and McGregor retaliated. At one point, Diaz’ teammate Jake Shields looked to throw a reporter’s laptop at ‘The Notorious’.
McGregor’s initial punishment of a $75,000 fine and 50 hours’ community service was reduced to $25,000 and 25 hours. Diaz, 31, received a $50,000 fine and obligatory 50 hours of community service but, like McGregor, will meet with the NAC to discuss an alternative punishment.
MMA Fighting confirmed that Diaz’ re-hearing with the NAC will take place next Wednesday on April 12, where the Californian will hope to receive a significantly reduced fine and fewer hours of community service.
Diaz, who is the only fighter under the UFC banner to beat McGregor, choked the Irishman out at UFC 196 but a lost a majority decision in the epic, five-round rematch at UFC 202. Diaz has insisted that he will only return to the Octagon against a high-profile opponent in a big money fight.