UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has responded to the recent $150,000 fine handed to him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), telling the sport’s body to come and try take it.
The Irishman made the comments when speaking to Rolling Stone (via MMA Junkie) on Friday, saying he’s uninterested in paying the fine he received for his part in a press conference incident with Nate Diaz.
“Whatever,” McGregor said regarding the NSAC fine.
“It is what it is. Good luck trying to get it.”
McGregor and various members of Diaz’s camp flung water bottles and cans at each other during a pre-fight press conference prior to UFC 202.
The Dubliner’s fine was initially set at $25,000, but due to the commission’s overall disappointment with the fighter’s role in the fiasco, they increased the fine to $150,00o at a recent hearing, 5% of his $3 million UFC 202 purse.
The punishment didn’t sit well with the slander-spewing 28-year-old, reiterating comments made by UFC president Dana White that he will never fight in the state of Nevada again.
“I don’t see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it.
“I’m free to do what I want… I’m good. I’m good. New York, New York. That’s what I think.”
Mcgregor believes he said everything the commission wanted to hear during the recent hearing and felt a little disrespected by the severity of the fine despite thoroughly owning up to his actions.
“I thought they might respect a little bit more,” McGregor said.
“I owned up. I man’d up. I’m here. I apologised. I’m not trying to blame nobody, although they fired the rounds off first.
“I didn’t think they would even go that route because I didn’t think this was like a real thing. Are they going to come and arrest me or what the fuck is that?”
The NSAC can be notoriously harsh on fighters who put themselves in a position to be punished. A notable example is Nick Diaz’s five-year suspension following a positive drug test for marijuana. While the suspension was eventually overturned, it shows the commission’s ability to effectively end your career.
Needless to say, life goes on and McGregor is currently preparing for his showdown with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 next month. If McGregor manages to come out of the scrap victorious, he’ll become the first fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two division titles.
UFC 205 takes place on November 12th at Madison Square Garden arena in New York.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena