Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

MMA star Conor McGregor pleads guilty in backstage melee

MMA star Conor McGregor pleads guilty in backstage melee

IRISH mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor has pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn criminal court to disorderly conduct, cutting a deal that allows him to avoid prison time over a NY brawl.

Conor McGregor has been spared jail by an American court for his part in a melee that took place back in April.

"I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans, thank you for the support".

Video footage showed McGregor hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a press conference for UFC 223 at Barclays Center in April. Robbie Fox yelled, an Irish flag draped around his neck.

Attar also thanked the court and explained that despite the charges McGregor would still be allowed to travel to America.

McGregor will be punished with five days of community service. The charge is disorderly conduct, a violation.

All felony charges have been dropped, however, clearing the way for McGregor's return to mixed martial arts for the first time since November 2016, when he beat Eddie Alvarez.

Conor Mc Gregor is seen hauling a temporary barrier into a bus. Pic Felice Herrig  Instagram
Image Mc Gregor is seen hauling a temporary barrier into a bus. Pic Felice Herrig Instagram

The court heard that McGregor had already paid restitution for the damage caused to a bus during the melee at the Barclays Centre on April 5.

That news was not lost on McGregor's lightweight rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who promptly called for a title fight against the former divisional champion. Listen, if Georges St-Pierre wants to move to 155, prove he can make it and fight the No. 1 contender down there.

His rapid ascendancy saw him capture two belts before jumping sports to face undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather in a money-spinning crossover bout in Las Vegas last August.

The UFC declined to comment Thursday on the outcome of McGregor's case.

McGregor even teased the fight a bit over social media, posting to Instagram that his "Russian compound is taking shape" while in the country attending the World Cup final. Several fighters missed out on the event because of the incident: Michael Chiesa sustained several cuts.

McGregor's plea bargain paves his way back to the UFC octagon where, after some underwhelming pay-per-view cards, promoters will be eager to see their biggest star return.

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