Saturday 3 December 2016

'I get fined more than these bums get paid' - Conor McGregor reacts to $150k penalty

Published 10/10/2016 | 18:20

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has been fined $150,000 (€134,000) and ordered to do 50 hours of community service for throwing bottles of water at a press conference.

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At a Nevada Athletic Commission disciplinary hearing, McGregor apologised for his conduct at the pre-fight event in Las Vegas ahead of UFC 202 in August, after joining the hearing via a phone call from Ireland.

However, he was fined 5pc of his show purse ($150,000) and given 50 hours of community service for his part in the incident before his bout with Nate Diaz.

He admitted his actions during the press conference were “wrong” and said he would “learn from that”.

According to the Nevada attorney general’s office, one MGM security officer sustained a minor injury from a can that was thrown by McGregor inside the MGM hotel.

The ruling is well off the initial recommendation of the attorney general, who suggested a $25,000 fine, 25 days of community service and five hours of “some sort of media training” for McGregor.

Discipline

When asked by NSAC commissioner Pat Lundvall if he acknowledged a need for discipline on the matter, McGregor responded: “Yes, 100pc. I acknowledge that.”

The community service is likely to be part of an anti-bullying campaign. Nate Diaz will have his hearing at a later date.

Last night, McGregor tweeted: “I get fined more than these bums get paid.”

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