UFC champion Conor McGregor has begun proceedings to challenge the $150,000 fine imposed on the Irishman by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for throwing a bottle of water at the Nate Diaz press conference.
The 28 year-old was recently denied a license in the boxing capital due to the outstanding penalty, which the fighter and his team believe is way too harsh for the incident.
As McGregor puts the wheels in motion for a career in the sport following acceptance by the California Commission, UFC boss Dana White believes the punishment will only be detrimental to Las Vegas long-term.
“Conor McGregor hit me up yesterday and said ‘I don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again!'” White said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“Now how does that make sense for the state of Nevada, that you’re going to fine this kid and Nate that much money? It just makes people not want to come fight in our state. And that’s not a good thing.
“Guess what? Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada – he could fight in Iowa. We could put his fight on an island off the coast of anywhere. It just makes no sense.”
A massive cross codes clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. would certainly need the NSAC on board if things were to move forward as the former pound for pound king would never dream of fighting in Los Angeles.
‘The Notorious’ is due to prove his worth in the squared circle at some point in 2017 in his bid to land a healthy paycheck against Mayweather, which would only be settled if things are ironed out in Nevada.