After Conor McGregor had his punishment reduced by the Nevada State Athletic Commission over a bottle throwing incident at UFC 202 in August of last year, his opponent Nate Diaz has also been afforded the same treatment.
As such, Diaz has gone from being penalized with a $50,000 fine and 50 hours of community service to just a $15,000 fine and 15 hours of community service.
Just a few weeks ago, McGregor had succssfully appealed against him punishment of a $75,000 fine and 75 hours of community service, which saw it being brought down to a $25,000 fine and 25 hours of community service.
The altercation between the two fighters occurred at a UFC 202 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas, and was instigated by Diaz when he opted to head for the exit with his entourage mid-way through the presser, then launched a bottle at ‘The Notorious’ from an upstairs balcony.
McGregor then returned fire, throwing bottles and even a can of ‘Monster Energy’ drink back up at him, while people from Diaz’s camp hurled anything they could get their hands on at him before security intervened.
While the incident landed both fighters in hot water, it also helped generate even more interest in their blockbuster rematch just a few days away from the fight, and helped UFC 202 become the best-selling pay-per-view in company history with over 1.65 million buys.