Following the reduction of Conor McGregor’s penalties stemming from a UFC 202 presser incident, the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) has decided to follow the same line with Nate Diaz, dropping his fine from $50,000 to $15,000.
It looks like Nevada is finally prepared to turn the page on UFC 202. The event, held in Las Vegas back in August of 2016, was a massive success. It sold more PPV’s than any other UFC card before it and brought in a higher gate than all but two other cards in the state’s history of MMA regulation. In part, that success was due to the star power of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, but it also had a little help from some pre-event antics.
McGregor and Diaz got into a bit of a fracas on August 17th, just days out from their fight, at a press event. Team Diaz, while exiting the press conference, began taunting Conor McGregor and a war of words quickly escalated to a war of objects, with both sides throwing, bottles, cans, cups and whatever else was easily at hand. Nobody was injured. And while the display doubtlessly boosted the profile of the eventual fight card, the NAC decided it was also something on which they needed to crack down.
McGregor was fined $75,000 for his role in the altercation – with an additional $75,000 value placed on a PSA, in which he would take part. For his role, Nate Diaz was hit with a $50,000 fine and 50 hours of community service.
However, on March 22nd, McGregor won an appeal against the NAC’s punishments, getting them reduced to $25,000 and 25hrs community service. Now it appears that the commission has followed suit with Nate Diaz as well. MMAJunkie’s Steven Marrocco first reported the news on Twitter.
Looks like Diaz is going to get $15k fine and 15 hours community service from NSAC, down from 50k and 50 hrs.
— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) April 12, 2017
That should put an end to the whole chapter. At least until the UFC books McGregor vs. Diaz III.