Thursday afternoon, news broke that the NSAC had scheduled disciplinary hearings for Jon Jones, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news, which revealed that the trio would be having a hearing on October 10th.
Per Bob Bennett of NSAC, McGregor/Diaz (water bottles) and Jones (failed test) hearings are all scheduled for its meeting on Oct. 10.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) September 22, 2016
Jones’ hearing will be in regards to his failed out-of-competition drug test back in June which saw him pulled from the UFC’s historic UFC 200 event just 48 hours before fight night. While things didn’t initially look good for the pound for pound kingpin, UFC President Dana White has recently stated that things are looking good for Jones’ case, and he could very well be back in the Octagon sooner rather than later. That was followed up by White stating that he was looking to book Jones to defend his interim light heavyweight championship against Anthony Johnson, with the winner fighting Daniel Cormier.
Diaz and McGregor’s hearing will be in regards to their pre-fight incident prior to UFC 202. During the pre-fight press conference, McGregor arrived to the event late, which resulted in Diaz walking out early. Diaz was joined by his entire team for his mass exodus, which resulted in the group exchanging words with Conor McGregor, who remained onstage.
McGregor proclaimed that the group would “do nothing” which then resulted in the men throwing water bottles at McGregor. McGregor then began grabbing objects off the stage and throwing them back across the room at Team Diaz.
While the incident didn’t prevent the fight from taking place as scheduled, NAC Director Bob Bennett was quick to state that the men will face repercussions for their actions. In addition, UFC President Dana White stated that both men could be facing fines and suspensions for the incident.
On October 10th, fight fans will tune in as they await news on when Jon Jones will return to the Octagon.