Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Mixed martial arts star McGregor pleads guilty to role in NYC melee

Mixed martial arts star McGregor pleads guilty to role in NYC melee

In a statement outside the New York City courthouse, the 29-year-old thanked the judge and prosecutors "for allowing me to move forward".

Former UFC dual-division champion Conor McGregor was sentenced in a NY courtroom on Thursday for his April attack on a bus full of UFC fighters and staff. The plea will not affect McGregor's travel visa, nor will it result in a criminal record. "I want to say to my friends, my family, and my fans, thank you for your support".

Former two-weight world champion McGregor, 30, was charged with assault and criminal mischief after he attacked a bus carrying fellow fighters in Brooklyn in April.

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.

During that time, McGregor turned to boxing and secured a guaranteed $30 million payday despite losing a highly anticipated bout a year ago to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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A potential lightweight title fight between McGregor (21-3) and current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) could arguably be the biggest fight in UFC history.

Nurmagomedov now holds the UFC lightweight title, while Max Holloway is the featherweight champion.

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A meeting in NY could be seen as closure for the rivals after their near-clash in April at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Video shot during McGregor's bus melee showed Nurmagomedov being held back as the UFC star and his teammates swarmed the bus and threw several items at it.

White said McGregor justified the confrontation in a text exchange just before he turned himself in to police. Nurmagomedov was on the bus that McGregor attacked, and was the target of the Irish star's actions.

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