Conor McGregor pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
Jul 29 2018
Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor is scheduled to appear Thursday in a Brooklyn courtroom, where an expected plea deal will move him closer to a return to fighting after almost a two-year absence.
McGregor, 30, is also required to pay full restitution to the bus company for any damages suffered (which McGregor has already fulfilled according to ESPN), five days of community service and an anger management program lasting 1-3 days.
There are no restrictions on McGregor's travel.
"You're a champ, Conor, we'll do anything for you!" the fan bellowed. The charge is disorderly conduct, a violation.
Thankfully for McGregor, who is the biggest draw in MMA, his plea deal did not include a probation term.
Judge Raymond Rodriguez ruled that he cannot come into contact with UFC fighters Raymond Borg and Michael Chiesa as well as Jason Leadbetter until July 25, 2020.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is relieved his longtime rival Conor McGregor isn't going to jail after attacking his bus prior to UFC 223.
McGregor's lawyer Bruce Mafeo said the outcome of the court case would have no impact on his client's immigration status, and that the community service would be decided by the DA's office.
McGregor, once the UFC's simultaneous 145- and 155-pound champion, hasn't fought since the fracas.
Prosecutors said the sentence will allow McGregor to "reflect on his conduct and give back to society".
McGregor hasn't fought a UFC bout since 2016, but has managed to stay in the headlines thanks to a much-hyped boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr.in 2017, along with his antics outside the octagon.
Last week, McGregor attended the World Cup final in Moscow as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and posed with him in a photo posted on Instagram. That said, if White hopes to set the fight in the near future, upcoming events like UFC 229 in Las Vegas or UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden seem like an easier potential fit.
The two have a storied history together, with McGregor's April arrest stemming from an assault allegedly intended for Nurmagomedov himself after the undefeated Dagestani's altercation with McGregor's teammate Artem Lobov days earlier.