Count Dana White in on the party of people stunned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s recent decision to fine Conor McGregor $150,000 for his involvement in the water-bottle debacle prior to UFC 202.
Naturally upset at the idea of being fined such a large amount of money, “The Notorious” says he no longer has any interest in competing in the state of Nevada again.
“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? You’re going to try to fine this kid and Nate that much money; it just makes people not want to come fight in our state. That’s not good,” White said on “The Herd” Wednesday. “And guess what? Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada. He could fight anywhere… He could fight in Iowa. He could fight in Iowa, OK? We could put his fight off the coast off anywhere.
“It just makes no sense for the state. It’s just terrible.”
While he’s competed in Boston and Dublin, Ireland throughout his UFC career, a good portion of McGregor’s biggest fights have taken place in Las Vegas — a city largely recognized as the fight capital of the world.
The Irishman’s next fight is set to take place in New York City, the first time the promotion will make its way to the Empire State in its 20-year history. Even prior to his recent comments on fighting in Nevada, McGregor — who lives in Ireland — has long stated New York is a far more desirable destination for him considering it’s only a fraction of the distance to home in comparison to Las Vegas.