Irish Mixed Martial Artist and former two-division champion Conor McGregor has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for six-months and fined ₹35 Lakhs for his involvement in a post-fight brawl at UFC 229 which took place in Las Vegas on Oct. 6. The five members of the National Athletic Commission voted in favour of a settlement agreement.
However, in near future, the commission could go after Conor for his trash talking.
“I think it’s something we should look to in the future, and I think we should rein it in,” NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett said.
The issue was initially raised by NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell, who also talked about the Brooklyn bus incident and wondered if that incident has changed McGregor down the road.
“I don’t agree with it, and I certainly don’t like it, the language that is used and is continuing to escalate year in and year out,” he said.
“I think it’s gotten to the point with certain unarmed combatants to where it’s become totally unacceptable,” he said. “There’s not any other athletes, that I’m aware of, that have spoken in various press conferences the way Mr McGregor has. I definitely think, unequivocally, that’s something we need to take a more active role in and take an active role in for their language.”
Marnell also said that pre-fight trash talk is no longer protected.
“(It) would break a lot of precedents and without notice that we’re going to start fining and/or suspending for what you say vs. what you do,” he said.