Over a year on from Nate Diaz’s bird-flipping, swear-slinging, bottle-tossing departure from the UFC 202 final press conference, from Dana White’s desperate pleas with Conor McGregor not to respond in kind and from McGregor’s subsequent decision to complete ignore the UFC president, we are still finding new reasons to talk about the most infamous presser melee in MMA history.
While both fighters have already been forced to answer and pay for their actions by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, McGregor may yet take another financial hit because of his actions that day.
On Monday, The Blast reported that the UFC lightweight champion is being sued by a security guard named William Pegg, who claims that he was hit in the back by one of McGregor’s presser projectiles – namely a Monster Energy can – and suffered injuries that resulted in $5,000 worth of medical bills.
MMAFighting have since confirmed via Clark County court records that a lawsuit has been filed.
Pegg is reportedly seeking $95,000 in damages – a figure which his lawyers have arrived at through quite an interesting calculation according to The Blast. Apparently, they divided the $15 million they claim McGregor made from the Diaz rematch by the number of significant strikes the Dubliner took in the bout. That gave them a sum of $90,000, to which they added $5,000 to cover the medical costs incurred by their client. They are essentially equating the can-strike to a significant strike from Diaz.
McGregor’s legal team have denied liability.
After tapping out to a Diaz rear-naked choke at UFC 196 in March of last year, McGregor gained a measure of revenge by scoring a majority decision win over the Stockton native after five epic rounds at UFC 202. ‘The Notorious’ one received a UFC record disclosed purse of $3 million for the bout – some $500,000 more than the guaranteed sum that Brock Lesnar earned for his scrap with Mark Hunt at UFC 200. McGregor, however, ended up making much more than that through his cut of the Pay-per-view revenue.