Nate Diaz Receives Reduced Punishment for Conor McGregor Bottle Incident

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2017

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 05:  Nate Diaz watches as teammate Chris Avila of the United States enters the Octagon before facing Enrique Barzola of Peru in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on November 5, 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Nate Diaz and the Nevada State Athletic Commission reached an agreement on a reduced punishment for his role in the confrontation with Conor McGregor at the UFC 202 press conference. 

Ken Pishna of MMAWeekly.com reported Wednesday the sides agreed to a $15,000 fine and 15 hours of community service. That's a reduction from a $50,000 fine and 50 hours of community service.

Diaz and McGregor engaged in verbal warfare before the sides starting hurling water bottles and other objects at each other at the August pre-fight showcase in Las Vegas. UFC president Dana White shut down the event after failing to get the situation under control.

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McGregor, who was originally fined $75,000 and given 50 hours of community service, also received a lesser punishment after a hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission. It was changed to $25,000 fine and 25 hours of community service.

The 28-year-old Irishman went on to win the fight with Diaz by majority decision. James Cornish of TalkSport passed along a statement he made in October about the press-conference incident:

I just want to apologize for the incident. It was a very unusual incident as I saw it unfolding even. I just acted wrong, and all I can say is I'm sorry and I will learn from this.

This fight had everything on the line for me. This was the highest stakes fight I'd ever been in. I was in a different mindset. So all I can do is learn from it and learn to handle myself better if I find myself in a situation like that.

I just want to own up and apologize for my part and say that it will not happen in the future. That's really all I can say.

Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie pointed out that Diaz blamed McGregor's late arrival for the problems.

"I got to keep it real—I got to stay true to myself and what I believe in, and I believe that if a mother(expletive) comes in thinking he's the head honcho (expletive), I'm going to let you know I got a whole gang ready to ride," Diaz said. "I didn't mean to cause (expletive) but we got a whole army here."

MMAWeekly.com noted Diaz has five days to sign the new agreement or the penalties will be returned to their prior amounts.

 

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