Conor McGregor's current back-and-forth with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) has been well-documented at this point, but here's a quick refresher for those of you who might not be following along:
- At the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference this past August, McGregor and Diaz's crew got into a chaotic altercation that saw several bottles and cans being thrown between the two camps. It was shameful, nonsensical, and some even thought it was funny.
- Both McGregor and Diaz were ordered to appear before the NAC to face punishment for their actions. Last week, McGregor was fined $150,000 and mandated to complete 50 hours of community service. He was also ordered to film an anti-bullying PSA (Diaz's hearing has been set for November).
- As a result of the massive fine, McGregor stated his intentions to never fight in Nevada again.
Even with NAC chairman Bob Bennett clarifying yesterday that McGregor would only be fined $75,000, it doesn't seem that the featherweight champion will be looking to forgive and forget anytime soon.
"I thought they might respect [me calling in] a little bit more," McGregor said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
"I owned up. I man'd up. 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."
If nothing else, it will be interesting to see how the NAC responds to the growing sense of animosity being directed at them in recent months. Nick Diaz, for instance, refused to pay the $75,000 handed to him by the committee, even when it meant that he wouldn't be able to corner his brother against McGregor at UFC 202. With everyone from McGregor to Dana White seemingly in agreement that the fines placed on McGregor were excessive at best, could the fight capital of the world be losing some of its luster among the most popular fighters in the sport?