Conor McGregor hit with $150K fine, 50 hours community service
Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously decided the fate of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (20-3) for his antics at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference where water bottles and cans of monster energy were thrown in the direction of his then opponent Nate Diaz and brother Nick.
The NSAC hit McGregor with a fine of five percent of his UFC 202 disclosed pay, or $150,000 of his $3 million “show purse.”
McGregor is also required to perform 50 hours of community service, double the recommendation of the commission’s legal representative.
The state’s attorney general’s office, which represents the commission in disciplinary matters, recommended a $25,000 fine, 25 hours of community service, and five hours of media training for the 145-pound champion.
McGregor testified during the hearing via telephone. A suspension was suggested but that would force him out of the UFC 205 headlining title bout with Eddie Alvarez next month at Madison Square Garden.
NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell said, “I have a really hard time with a $300,000 fine for throwing a water bottle.”
“I think we benefit our community better with community service than a fine,” NSAC commissioner Francisco Aguilar said.
Part of the fine levied against McGregor will be used to generate a public service announcement. THe anti-bullying ad will count twoard 10 percent of his community service hours and the remained of the funds will go to the state’s general fund.