UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and contender Daniel Cormier were fined 10-percent of their upcoming fight purses as a result of the brawl that took place between the two rivals at an August 4, 2014 press event to promote UFC 178.
The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously voted to approve the punishment yesterday morning.
Jones will be required to pay the commission $50,000 for his actions, while Cormier’s penalty will be $9,000. In addition to the fine, Jones will be required to complete 40 hours of community service in Las Vegas, while Cormier will be required to complete 20 hours of community service in his hometown of San Jose, CA.
The two fighters appeared before the NAC to apologize for what happened. Jones accepted responsibility and asked for leniency as he was a first-time offender while Cormier said that he was only acting in self-defence after Jones’ put his forehead against his own.
“I do believe that there is a disparity in culpability in this particular circumstance,” said NAC Commissioner Pat Lundvall. “It feels different from Mr. Cormier’s perspective. And I acknowledge the argument that his council made in that regard. I don’t think that he is at the same level as Mr. Jones, but I don’t think that he is completely without fault.”
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