The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined Conor McGregor $150,000 and slapped him with 50 hours of community service for his can-throwing response to Nate Diaz’s news conference exit and water-bottle throwing in August.
“I get fined more than these bums get paid,” a tweet from McGregor’s Twitter account, @thenotoriousmma, came after the decision from the Nevada commissioners.
At the UFC 202 news conference in August, Diaz was urged by his UFC-fighter-brother Nick Diaz to leave after McGregor arrived nearly 30 minutes late and began talking.
On his way out, Diaz shouted expletives and soon enough he and his entourage began tossing and firing items, including a thick role of black tape and filled water bottles, in the direction of McGregor.
McGregor later joked he was in fear for his life, but his girlfriend, Dee Devlin, was smacked on the arm by the tape roll and the water bottles luckily avoided flush contact with many who were in the general area below McGregor.
McGregor retaliated by throwing two Monster energy cans in the direction of Diaz’s entourage.
The ruckus heightened interest in the fight in Las Vegas. . It became the bestselling pay-per-view in UFC history, with McGregor avenging a March submission loss to Diaz by a narrow victory by decision.
Diaz avoided a fine by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for smoking a vape pen with cannabis oil in his post-fight news conference, but he’ll be called before the Nevada commission next month for his hearing on the matter, and such leniency is not expected.