A lot of commotion has happened in the MMA community over the last few weeks, and much of it wasn't even in the Octagon.
Two recent (and somewhat similar) incidents involving two different sets of people are shaping up to have very different consequences. One incident involving Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will likely result in disciplinary action and potentially even fines, while another involving Fabricio Werdum will not.
Here's a breakdown of what happened, who was involved and why some might be punished significantly more than others.
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz
When: UFC 202 Pre Fight Presser - August 17, 2016
Who: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz (and his 209 crew including brother, Nick)
What happened: During the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference (which McGregor was very late to), Nate decided he had enough and wanted to leave - so he did, but not before talking sh-t to McGregor on his long walk through the crowd to the door. He and his group of friends began to hurl insults at McGregor, while Nate himself threw a water bottle across the crowd. McGregor returned fire with his own bottle, and then some full, unopened cans of Monster Energy. Eventually the two were separated and pulled out of the venue.
Fabricio Werdum and Edmond Tarverdyan
When: UFC 203, directly following co-main event - September 10, 2016
Who: Former UFC Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and Edmond Tarverdyan (AKA Ronda Rousey's head coach)
What happened: Fabricio faced Travis Browne in the UFC 203 co-main event that saw the fight go all three rounds. During the break, while the judges were tallying their scores and the officials were gathering in the octagon, Edmond approached Werdum (Edmond was cornering Travis), and according to Fabricio at the post-fight presser, Edmond tried to push him and called him a "motherf--ker."
Werdum said that Edmond kept trying to rush at him and looked like he wanted to punch him in the face, so Werdum stuck out a teep kick to manage the distance. The altercation was quickly broken up, and all the cornermen were removed from the Octagon while the decision was read.
The two incidents are going to have very different outcomes, due, in part, to three key elements:
1. They occurred in different states
The two incidents took place in different states. The McGregor/Diaz incident took place in Las Vegas, so the jurisdiction falls under the Nevada State Athletic Commission, whereas the Werdum/Edmond incident was in Cleveland, giving authority to the Ohio State Athletic commission.
Each commission will have their own criteria for punishing events like these.
OSAC has already said they will not punish Werdum or Edmond according to executive director, Bernie Profato who spoke to MMAFighting.com.
On the other hand, NSAC has announced that both McGregor and Diaz will face punishment, as The Nevada Attorney General's Office has filed individual complaints on each fighter, according to ESPN.
2. They involved different people/victims
In the McGregor/Diaz incident there were bystanders involved. The bottles and cans that were being thrown landed in the audience where fans, media, and even children were sitting (including McGregor's own girlfriend).
The Werdum/Edmond incident wasn't quite as serious (despite the physical element), because no innocent bystanders were injured or involved, and altercation was quick and resolved in an efficient manner. Some have said that because neither fighter filed a complaint with the commission, the OSAC allowed them to resolve without intervention.
3. Remorse or lack thereof
In the McGregor/Diaz incident there was no immediate remorse shown, each fighter blamed the other.
But in the Werdum/Edmond incident, both parties showed remorse and apologized.
"Everyone left on a positive note," Profato said. "They said they respected the commission and assured us this would never happen again." I believe this is the biggest reason for the lack of the punishment from the OSAC.