In the aftermath of a wild UFC 202 pre-fight press conference, Conor McGregor is hoping that there will be no repercussions for his actions and those of his rival Nate Diaz.
“I just hope everything is left,” McGregor told Lance Pugmire of The LA Times. “I hope we don’t hear about it. That’s what I’m thinking. We are ready to fight.”
The media event came to an abrupt and chaotic conclusion when Diaz made a sudden move for the exit. Before he actually walked out the door however, the Stockton native showered McGregor in profanity and subsequently fired a bottle of water toward his seat on the podium. The Irishman launched a counter-attack thereafter, firing bottles and cans across the David Copperfield Theatre.
On Twitter, some suggested that action might be taken against the fighters for their roles in the unseemly, yet admittedly entertaining, debacle.
There could be regulatory implications from the NAC. Fines, I suspect. Maybe more (unlikely). https://t.co/z30MDMfiXk
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) August 17, 2016
In a quote from Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Anthony Marnell, tweeted out by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, there was no mention of fines, but there was an expression of disappointment.
NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell: I'm disappointed. I wish for them, the UFC and MMA community they would act like the professionals they are.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 17, 2016
Another NSAC official had this to say, via MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.
"We are looking into the conduct of all parties involved and have no comment at this time." NAC exec. director Bob Bennett re: today's PC.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 17, 2016
‘The Notorious’ one described the incident as mere “handbags”.
“They throw stuff at the thing, but if they want to fight let’s fight,” he said.“I just saw bottles being thrown and I was like ‘Fuck that, if you want to throw bottles, I’ll throw cans.”
“But it was all in self-defence, I was scared for my life,” added McGregor facetiously.
When asked by Pugmire what would happen when he and Diaz’s paths cross again before the fight, the still-reigning featherweight champion was calm.
“Nothing,” he said. “I’m good.”
“I have a fight Saturday night, so I get to punch him in the face on Saturday.”