Conor McGregor may have to pay fine if he wants to fight at UFC 205
Tempers and egos flared when the Nevada Athletic Commission fined Conor McGregor for his role int he pre-fight shenanigans between himself and Nate Diaz at UFC 202 back in August.
There seemed to be confusion as to how much the monetary penalty imposed against the UFC featherweight champion would end up being. At first it was thought that the number was $150,000 but days later we learned that it was really only $75,000 and the other $75,000 was going to be credited towards his performance in a public service announcement aimed at deterring bullying.
After the fine was handed down McGregor stated that he would never fight in Las Vegas again.
Now with McGregor fighting in New York next month, headlining the UFC 205 pay-per-view card in a lightweight title bout against champion Eddie Alvarez, the New York State Athletic Commission is keeping a watchful eye on the situation.
In a statement released to MMAFighting, “A fine with no suspension is not grounds for prohibiting a fighter a license to compete, the statement read. But the NYSAC does expect ‘licensees to resolve disciplinary actions and comply with lawful final orders issued by the states in which they have chosen to compete,’ per the statement.”
The full text of the statement is below:
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The New York State Athletic Commission is aware of the Order issued by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Conor McGregor has not yet completed his application to the New York State Athletic Commission for a license, nor, to our knowledge, has he agreed to the fine levied by Nevada or exercised an appeal. It is also our understanding that the time within which Mr. McGregor may seek a legal challenge to the Nevada Order has not yet expired. An administrative fine without a concurrent suspension is not a mandatory bar to licensure. The New York State Athletic Commission expects its licensees to resolve disciplinary actions and comply with lawful final orders issued by the states in which they have chosen to compete, and will be closely monitoring this matter.