Dana White appeared on ‘The Herd’ with Colin Cowherd on Wednesday to make a major announcement regarding former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but the UFC president also revealed some interesting information about the promotion’s other cash cow – Conor McGregor.
At a Nevada Athletic Commission(NAC) hearing on Monday, McGregor was slapped with a $150,000 fine and sentenced to 50 hours of community service for his part in the fracas that broke out at the final UFC 202 press conference in Las Vegas on August 17th.
McGregor threw a water bottle and several cans of Monster Energy at rival Nate Diaz and his entourage as they made an early exit from the media event. But the Irishman did so in retaliation, after Diaz launched a bottle at members of his team and family.
Considering the fact that McGregor’s actions did not result in any injuries, most observers felt that the punishment was not a fitting one.
White agreed with popular sentiment, calling the NAC’s decision “insanity”.
“I don’t want to go popping off at the mouth here and getting myself in trouble, either, but it’s ridiculous,” said White.
Though he apologised for his conduct when he spoke via telephone at the hearing and agreed to accept any punishment that the NAC handed down, McGregor is apparently extremely unhappy with the decision as well.
White claimed that when he last talked to McGregor, the featherweight champion said that he never wanted to fight in the state of Nevada again.
“Now, how does that make sense for the state of Nevada?” asked White. “That you’re gonna try to fine this kid and Nate that kind of money, it just makes people not want to come fight in our state. And that’s not a good thing.”
McGregor has headlined UFC events in Las Vegas on four occasions, each time drawing huge travelling support from Ireland and elsewhere – something that gives a major boost to the economy in Nevada’s most famous city.
“And guess what?” said Dana. “Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada. He can fight anywhere. He can fight in Iowa, ok. We can put his fight on an island off the coast of anywhere. This makes no sense for the state. It’s just terrible.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 12, 2016
McGregor has long spoken of a desire to fight in his hometown – Dublin – or on America’s east coast, so that both he and his fans have to endure a much less arduous trip to the venue. The SBG representative’s wish was granted last month, when it was announced that he would headline the UFC’s first ever event in New York city opposite reigning lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez on November 12th.
NAC Commissioner Pat Lundvall suggested at Monday’s hearing that McGregor might need to be “humbled”, but it may have been the wrong time for her to attempt such a mammoth feat. With NYC now open to the UFC, ‘The Notorious’ one has an attractive alternative option to Vegas and he might just avail of that option from here on out.