Conor McGregor was handed a massive $150,000 fine on Monday for a pre-fight press conference incident before his bout with Nate Diaz at UFC 202. The Nevada State Athletic Commission made the harsh ruling. On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White revealed that McGregor never wants to fight in Nevada again.
While on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” White said the following:
“I wasn’t thrilled about it when it happened and we did the best we could to contain it at the time, but come on. The other problem with that is Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‘I don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever.'”
McGregor wasn’t suspended for the incident, during which Diaz’s camp and the Irishman threw bottles and cans at each other. He’s set to face Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight championship at Madison Square Garden during UFC 205.
McGregor not wanting to ever fight in Las Vegas again is a problem for the UFC, since that’s the organization’s base of operations. That said, McGregor makes sweeping pronouncements from time to time before eventually taking them back. I have a feeling if the UFC ponies up enough cash he’ll return to fight in Las Vegas soon enough.