ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

Once again, the Nevada Athletic Commission is backtracking on penalties.

Levying hefty fines on both Nate Diaz and for their part in a pre- press conference skirmish, which included flying water bottles and energy drink cans, the NAC recently agreed to lessen Diaz' punishment, less than a month after reducing McGregor's fine.

With violations for performance enhancing drugs and other transgressions receiving significantly lower penalties, the NAC reconsidered the initial amount, reducing the fine from 50,000-dollars to $15,000.

McGregor's number was lowered to $25,000, after he was initially penalized for 75,000-dollars, prompting the lightweight champion to publicly reconsider future fights in Las Vegas.

The reduction of McGregor's fine instantly opened the door for a possible "Sin City" fight against later in 2017. And, with Nate Diaz's fine now being reduced, the door seems to be open to a potential trilogy between two of the UFC's biggest stars.

McGregor, who remains on hiatus while he awaits the birth of his first child, has always been one to keep his options open, and without a clear-cut contender to his UFC lightweight title, Diaz remains a very real option, especially as the rivalry has led to two of the UFC's best-selling pay-per-view fight cards.

Diaz has yet to compete, or even book a fight, since UFC 202. A a rubber match between the two remains one of the biggest fights the promotion can make in 2017.

UFC Lightweight Rankings (as of 4/12/17):

  • Champion - Conor McGregor
  • #1 - Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • #2 - Tony Ferguson
  • #3 - Rafael dos Anjos
  • #4 - Eddie Alvarez
  • #5 - Edson Barboza
  • #6 - Michael Johnson
  • #7 - Michael Chiesa
  • #8 - Nate Diaz
  • #9 - Dustin Poirier
  • #10 - Beneil Dariush


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