The fight may be over, but the fallout continues.
According to ESPN, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are both facing sanctions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after a wild press conference days before their bout at UFC 202. McGregor and his crew showed up 30 minutes late to the press conference, prompting Diaz and his camp to unceremoniously walk out. The two sides traded verbal insults and middle fingers before Diaz threw a water bottle at the seated McGregor. The Irishman responded by grabbing his own water and nearby cans of energy drinks and hurling them towards Diaz. Security and UFC officials were quick to get the situation under control, but the video still was plastered all over YouTube within minutes.
Now, the Nevada Attorney General’s Office has filed an official complaint over the incident, alleging that both fighters are guilty of conduct “detrimental to a contest or exhibition of unarmed combat.” Diaz and McGregor each face potential fines and/or suspensions for their actions.
It wouldn’t be the first time that UFC fighters have faced punishment over a press conference dust up. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into a mini brawl during a press event in 2014, and the NSAC fined them each 10 percent of their disclosed fight purse — $50,000 for Jones and $9,000 for Cormier. If Diaz and McGregor were to face similar punishment, it would cost them $200,000 and $300,000, respectively.
The NSAC have not yet set a disciplinary hearing date for either fighter.
If you need a refresher (or just haven’t seen it), here’s the full press conference. Fireworks start around the 19:00 minute mark.