Wednesday 20 March 2019

Dana White claims Conor McGregor doesn't want to fight in Las Vegas again over $150k fine

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UFC president Dana White has claimed that Conor McGregor does not want to fight in Las Vegas again after he was slapped with a $150,000 fine and 50 hours community service by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

At a Nevada Athletic Commission disciplinary hearing on Monday, 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.

White revealed that he had heard from McGregor and the Irishman was not happy with the severity of the sanction.

“The only problem with that is,” Dana White told Fox Sports’ “The Herd”

“Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‘I don't ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever.’

"Now how does that make sense for the state of Nevada, that you're going to try and fine this kid - and Nate - that much money. It just makes people not want to come and fight in our state and that's not a good thing.

"And guess what!? Conor McGregor doesn't need Nevada. He could fight anywhere. He could fight in Iowa, okay. We can put his fight on an Island off the coast of anywhere... and it just makes no sense for the state.“

McGregor can become the UFC's first two-weight champion next month when he takes on lightweight title holder Eddie Alvarez in Madison Square Garden on November 12 at UFC 205.

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