In his first interview since the Nevada Athletic Commission levied a controversial $150,000 fine, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor basically dared the commission to come collect the money.
"Whatever," McGregor told Rolling Stone on Friday. "It is what it is. Good luck trying to get it."
McGregor, who called into the Monday meeting in Las Vegas, was contrite for his actions at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Aug. 17, in which he and his UFC 202 opponent, Nate Diaz, threw water bottles and energy drink cans at one another.
But the NAC, which went into the meeting with a suggested guideline of a $25,000 fine and 25 hours of community service by the Nevada attorney general, instead chose to fine McGregor 5 percent of his $3 million fight purse, which came out to $150,000, as well as give him 50 hours community service.
McGregor, who challenges lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden next month, has indicated he has no plans to fight in Nevada again in the foreseeable future.
"I don't see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it," McGregor told Rolling Stone. "I'm free to do what I want. ... I'm good. I'm good. New York, New York. That's what I think."
If McGregor follows through on his threat to never fight in Nevada again, then the state will pay a steep price for its decision to hit McGregor with what many deemed an excessive fine. McGregor's fights against Jose Aldo, both fights with Diaz, and Chad Mendes are respectively the second through fifth biggest MMA gates in Nevada history, bringing in a combined $33.1 million in ticket-sale revenue alone.
Diaz has yet to face the NAC for his role in the incident, as his hearing has been postponed until a later date.