Conor McGregor has been handed a hefty fine plus community service for his part in the pre-UFC 202 brawl with Nate Diaz.
The Notorious will have to cough up $150,000 -roughly £121,000- plus serve 50 hours of community service.
As reported by MMA Fighting, the Nevada Athletic Commission took the decision having reviewed the Irishman’s part in the can-throwing incident.
The fine makes up five per cent of the $3 Million dollar purse the Irishman banked from his rematch with Diaz, and alongside his community service McGregor will also be required to take part in an anti-bullying campaign.
McGregor reflected on the incident with remorse. He said:
I just want to apologize for the incident. It was a very unusual incident as I saw it unfolding even.
I just acted wrong, and all I can say is I’m sorry and I will learn from this. … This fight had everything on the line for me. This was the highest stakes fight I’d ever been in. I was in a different mindset. So all I can do is learn from it and learn to handle myself better if I find myself in a situation like that.
I just want to own up and apologize for my part and say that it will not happen in the future. That’s really all I can say.
It had been feared a potential suspension could have prevented McGregor from taking on Eddie Alavarez at Madison Square Garden on November 12, but such a punishment was reportedly never tabled and the UFC 205 headline bout will continue as planned.
The Irishman may still be able to count himself fortunate, however, as commissioners Pat Lundvall and Michon Martin has hoped to see his fine doubled to $300,000.
A hearing for Nate Diaz has been postponed and will take place at a date to be confirmed.
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