Conor McGregor won’t be fighting in Nevada anytime soon.
The Irishman was punished by the NSAC for his involvement in a water bottle-throwing incident at pre-fight press conference for UFC 202. The $150,000 number represents 5 percent of his $3 million purse.
“I don’t see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it,” McGregor told Rolling Stone. “I’m free to do what I want. … I’m good. I’m good. New York, New York. That’s what I think.”
What’s more, McGregor also doesn’t see himself paying the controversial fine anytime soon.
“I thought they might respect a little bit more [for calling into the hearing],” McGregor says. “I owned up. I manned up. I’m here. I apologized. I’m not trying to blame nobody, although they fired the rounds off first. I didn’t think they would even go that route because I didn’t think this was like a real thing. Are they going to come and arrest me or what the f–k is that? I wanted to give them the respect and I felt they would have respected that but they didn’t. So, whatever. It is what it is. Good luck trying to get it.”
While McGregor doesn’t technically need to pay his fine to the NSAC before he can fight in New York, commissions around the country tend to respect the wishes of Nevada before licensing a fighter to compete in their respective state. In essence, New York may or may not uphold the NSAC fine before clearing McGregor to compete — a move that may cost both parties one of the biggest paydays in UFC history.