Conor McGregor settles lawsuit with security guard hit by Monster Energy drink at UFC 202
Count another legal snafu in the rearview mirror for Conor McGregor.
The former two-division UFC champion has settled out of court with an MGM Grand security guard who claimed he was hit by a Monster energy drink during a melee at a UFC 202 press conference in August 2016.
The security guard, William Pegg, on Monday dismissed his complaint in Nevada federal court, noting the parties had reached a settlement. The complaint was dismissed with prejudice and can’t be re-filed.
Requests for comment from Pegg and McGregor’s attorney weren’t immediately returned.
Pegg claimed he was hit in the back and shoulder when McGregor fired the energy drink at Nate Diaz and missed. He sued in Nevada civil court for $95,000, arguing he was entitled $5,000 for medical bills and $90,000 for what he and his attorneys calculated was his share of McGregor’s $15 million payout at UFC 202.
McGregor’s attorneys countered by moving the legal action to federal court, where they fought vigorously to keep the UFC star’s financial records private. Pegg’s attorneys pushed to get McGregor on the witness stand and sought a default judgement after they failed to pin him down on a half-dozen occasions.
Pegg’s attorneys even used McGregor’s infamous bus attack against him, noting in one filing, “McGregor’s deposition was scheduled for April 6, 2018. However, McGregor did not appear for his deposition. Instead, on the night of April 5, he was throwing metal barriers and other objects at the UFC 223, at which he was not scheduled to appear.”
In late October, McGregor’s attorney’s were unable to obtain a protective order to shield his information and tried to buy more time to file a response. But shortly afterward, they filed a motion announcing they had reached a settlement, with both sides agreeing to pay attorney fees.
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