When the October 10th Nevada State Athletic Commission (NAC) hearing was concluded, pretty much everyone was under the impression that Conor McGregor had been fined $150,000 by the NAC for his part in a UFC 202 press conference skirmish with Nate Diaz et al. ESPN, the Washington Post, the LA Times, CBS Sports, and of course Bloody Elbow: Even those in attendance thought that that was what had been intended when the commission explained that it would be fining McGregor $75,000 for the state, and an additional $75,000 for an anti-bullying PSA.
Even Dana White cited the $150,000 figure, when talking to the press about the incident. “If you threw a water bottle and got fined $150,0000 would you fight there again?” White queried TMZ when asked about the NAC hearing.
However, it turns out that everyone got it wrong. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting NAC executive director Bob Bennett set the record straight. McGregor was only fined $75,000, and apparently the additional $75,000 was just a speculative value given to his future PSA work. Its not money McGregor will actually have to put forward.
"I understand that he's upset," Bennett said in reference to McGregor’s remarks that the NAC would be lucky to collect their fine. "I understand that he commands a phenomenal following and paydays and he's a world-renowned champ. I get that he's frustrated — $75,000 is a lot of money. But I think the remark is inappropriate. In fairness to Conor — and I say this with the utmost respect — I just don't think he understands how the system works when he's fined."
In terms of what he’s referencing as to “how the system works” an outstanding fine in Nevada could result in the commission formally suspending McGregor from competition. And in the US, being suspended from competition in one state tends to be a major factor when other states decide whether or not grant a fighter a license.
Long story short, McGregor being suspended in Nevada could keep him from fighting in, say, New York City. That’s the kind of factor that could mean the NAC gets their money sooner rather than later.