McGregor receives new punishment for UFC 202 press conference melee


Conor McGregor has reached a settlement with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his part in the UFC 202 press conference melee with opponent Nate Diaz.

McGregor was originally fined $150,000 — $75,000 in a monetary fine along with paying $75,000 for a public service announcement — after he threw bottles and cans at Diaz following their press conference in August 2016. He was also required to do 50 hours of community service.

The commission voted unanimous to approve new disciplinary action on Wednesday with McGregor now being fined $25,000 along with 25 hours of community service that could be conducted at home in Ireland or in Nevada.

The Irishman has six months to complete the community service.

The re-hearing for McGregor was approved just months after he declared he had no plans to fight in Nevada again before filing for judicial review of his punishment originally handed down by the commission.

Before that case could make it to court, McGregor met with Nevada Commission executive director Bob Bennett and the state’s attorney general to try and reach a settlement that would be agreeable to all sides.

On Wednesday, the commission voted unanimously to grant McGregor a second hearing in the matter with Bennett and the attorney general already reaching a settlement agreement with the current UFC lightweight champion.

Perhaps the biggest part of this settlement agreement was something that wasn’t discussed at all during the meeting where McGregor’s new punishment was approved.

Now that McGregor has reached an agreement and will undoubtedly pay the fine that was levied against him, he can re-apply for a boxing license in the state of Nevada that will more than likely be approved.

McGregor receiving a boxing license in Nevada would then bring him that much closer towards a proposed mega fight with Floyd Mayweather later this year.

McGregor already has a boxing license in California, but now the obstacles have been clear so he can apply in Nevada as well, which is the expected landing site for the showdown with Mayweather.

At the end of the hearing, Nevada Commission chairman Anthony Marnell suggested that Diaz also receive a re-hearing for his part in the UFC 202 melee. His original punishment was doled out at $50,000 along with 50 hours of community service.