Some threw up in their mouths when it was announced that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight king Conor McGregor was being fined $150,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for throwing water bottles at Nate Diaz and crew during a UFC 202 press conference earlier this year. McGregor, who is known to produce fireworks before a fight in order to sell the fight, was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.
In classic McGregor fashion, he took a shot at the NSAC while reminding us all how much he makes.
Now, in response to one of the more egregious punishments in recent mixed martial arts (MMA) history, "Notorious" has settled on never fighting in the state of Nevada again. That's huge, especially since Las Vegas remains the fight capital of the world.
"I don't see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it," said McGregor in a recent interview with Mike Bohn of Rolling Stone. "I'm free to do what I want. ... I'm good. I'm good. New York, New York. That's what I think."
Currently scheduled to fight UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York City, New York, McGregor doesn't need Nevada at the moment. And according to UFC president Dana White, McGregor could compete "on an island off the coast of anywhere" and it would still sell.
"I thought they might respect [McGregor calling in] a little bit more," added McGregor. "I owned up. I man'd up. I'm here. I apologized. 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? I wanted to give them the respect and I felt they would have respected that but they didn't. So, whatever. It is what it is. Good luck trying to get it."
It will be interesting to see how this entire thing plays out. McGregor, who is undoubtedly the biggest star in the sport today, doesn't need to compete on Nevada soil to continue to bank millions. But before he battles NSAC tooth and nail, he has to worry about Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York.