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McGregor facing lawsuit from security guard over Diaz press conference fracas

Bottles and cans were thrown ahead of the rematch between the rivals in Las Vegas in August 2016.

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
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OVER A YEAR on from the incident, Conor McGregor may still have to deal with consequences from the heated press conference he and Nate Diaz were involved in before UFC 202.

Just days prior to their Las Vegas rematch in August 2016, members of both fighters’ respective camps exchanged missiles — including bottles and cans — when the press conference at the David Copperfield Theatre at the MGM Grand came to an abrupt end.

McGregor was ultimately fined $25,000 and ordered to carry out 25 hours of community service by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. A fine of $15,000, plus 15 hours of community service, was handed to Diaz.

However, McGregor is now also facing a lawsuit from a security guard, who claims he was struck on the back by a can of Monster energy drink which was thrown by the current UFC lightweight champion.

According to a report by The Blast, William Pegg claims that he has incurred medical expenses of just under $5,000 as a result of the incident. Although McGregor’s lawyers have filed a response denying any responsibility, Pegg is seeking damages of at least $95,000.

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ESPN confirmed via court records that Pegg filed the lawsuit against McGregor in the state of Nevada in March. The Dubliner’s motion to dismiss the case was then denied in May.

In his lawsuit, Pegg claims that McGregor earned $15 million from his rematch against Diaz. McGregor was victorious in the fight on a majority decision, having previously lost to the same opponent via submission five months earlier.

The mixed martial arts superstar is currently recovering from his recent defeat to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing bout. In a column written for The42 last week, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh expressed his preference for a third meeting with Diaz next.

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