Earlier this week, the Nevada Athletic Commission fined UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor $150,000 for throwing water bottles and a Monster energy drink at Nate Diaz and friends, during a 202 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas.
When the NSAC tried to ban Wanderlei Silva for a life after he ran, literally, from a PED test in 2014, a judge overturned the sentence, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.” Fining someone $150,000 for tossing a water bottle sounds like the very definition of arbitrary and capricious.
Call it a red panty night for the Nevada commission.
UFC president Dana White appeared recently on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd and said that McGregor no longer wants to fight in Nevada.
“Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‘I don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever,’” said White, as transcribed by Tristen Critchfield for Sherdog. “Now how does that make sense for the state of Nevada? You’re gonna try to fine this kid, and Nate, that much money, it just makes people not wanna come fight in our state. And that’s not a good thing.”
“Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada. He can fight anywhere. He can fight in Iowa. We can put his fight on an island off the coast of anywhere. It just makes no sense for the state. It’s just terrible.”
McGregor’s next fight is vs. lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016, on the other side of the country at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York. Fight after that could be farther still, in Europe.
The UFC runs for regulation, as evidenced by the nine years and $2,000,000 it took to get MMA legal in New York. But when regulators are regularly arbitrary and capricious, it is entirely reasonable to question their reasoning or lack thereof and point out the potential negative effects of their actions on the state.