NSAC makes McGregor pay for water-bottle incident at UFC 202 press conference Conor McGregor throws bottleYou know it’s a slow news day in MMA when the lead story is UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor getting fined for throwing a water bottle back in August at a press conference to promote his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202. However, the fine would be substantial for most fighters not named Conor McGregor, who was ordered to pay $150,000 and perform five hours of community service, according to Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In addition to the fine that represents five percent of his record-setting $3 million purse for fighting Diaz again plus community service, the brash Irishman must also produce a PSA for an anti-bullying campaign as part of the penalty issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Monday morning. McGregor’s response on Twitter was not surprising…

Next up for “The Notorious” McGregor (20-3) is a lightweight title matchup versus current 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez (28-4) in the main event at UFC 205 in New York City on November 12. He will be attempting to become the first UFC fighter to hold title belts in two different divisions at the same time and should make more than enough to cover the fine. Dantas vs. Warren II to headline Bellator 166 in December With no UFC action scheduled until November 5 with The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale set for Mexico City, Bellator also garnered some headlines on Monday when it was announced that bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas will face Joe Warren for the title at Bellator 166 on December 2 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The Dallas Morning News reported on the rematch that will take place on a Friday in the organization’s first doubleheader with two events planned on consecutive days. The 39-year-old Warren (14-5) previously defeated Dantas (18-4) via unanimous decision for the belt at Bellator 128 two years ago at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville before losing it to Marcus Galvao by second-round submission at Bellator 135 a little more than five months later. Dantas earned a UD victory against former teammate Galvao at Bellator 156 on June 17 to take back the belt that he originally won in 2012, beating him for the second time over a three-year span.


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