“The Notorious” Conor McGregor is facing a lawsuit in which a man claims to have sustained injuries at a Las Vegas press conference that infamously took place year.
According to a report by The Blast, William Pegg, a security guard, alleges McGregor stuck him with a can of Monster Energy that he threw into the crowd during a UFC 202 news conference in August 2016. Pegg seeks damages of at least $95,000, according to the same report. The press conference was in advance of McGregor’s second bout against Nate Diaz at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
First, McGregor was late to the unruly press conference. Once he finally showed up, Diaz and his camp promptly walked out — or at least attempted to. As Diaz was leaving, the two stars traded barbs, which resulted in a slew of objects — cups, water bottles and cans — being thrown. That’s when Pegg claims he was injured.
McGregor, 29, was fined $25,000 and ordered to do 25 hours of community service for his actions by the Nevada Atletic Commission. Diaz, 32, received a $15,000 fine and 15 hours of community service.
The Blast report found court records of Pegg’s lawsuit while the claim was filed against McGregor and McGregor Sports and Entertainment in Nevada district court in March. McGregor filed a motion to dismiss the suit in May, but was denied by the court. Pegg claims his injuries resulted in $5,000 worth of medical bills. He based the rest of his sought-after damages on the roughly $15 million McGregor made from the Diaz fight.
McGregor won that fight, a rematch with Diaz, by majority decision.