One of the most memorable “off-field” moments in Conor McGregor’s career was the UFC 202 press conference. It was the promote his upcoming rematch with Nate Diaz, but ended in chaos. First of all, McGregor showed up late, much to the annoyance of Diaz. After a few questions, Diaz decided he had enough of the media and walked off.
In typical Diaz fashion, many middle fingers were flashed as he walked out. After McGregor blurted out his now-famous “YOU’LL DO FOOKIN’ NUTHIN!” line, projectiles starting flying. Diaz and his crew engaged in a battle of bottle throwing with McGregor, who was launching anything that wasn’t tied down, including water bottles and cans of Monster Energy drink.
Now, a security guard who got nailed with one of those cans is suing McGregor for $95,000.
“The word is in this thing somebody was injured, so there’s going to be a lawsuit,” UFC president Dana White said shortly after. “Who knows how it’s all going to play out. Somebody’s filing a lawsuit. The wheels are already in motion on it.”
The lawsuit was filed by a security guard named William Pegg, who alleges that he was hit in the shoulder by a can and suffered $5,000 in medical expenses. He is also seeking $90,000 in damages. He came up with that number in an interesting way. McGregor was on the receiving end of 166 “significant strikes” in the fight that followed, and made a total of $15 million that night. Therefore, according to Pegg’s math, one “significant strike” was worth about $90,000. Since the can made a “significant strike” against his shoulder, it seems a fair price in his opinion.
McGregor and Diaz were already fined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission over the incident, paying $25,000 and $15,000 respectively. McGregor was originally fined $150,000 until it was reduced on appeal.
McGregor’s legal team attempted to have this lawsuit thrown out, but a judge refused. That means Pegg will likely have his day in court. Or, even more likely, settle out of court for a number in the middle. After all, McGregor just made $100 million for fighting Floyd Mayweather, so he likely has $50,000 in loose change laying around.