Conor McGregor caused a huge scene in Brooklyn during the build-up to UFC 223, culminating with a dolly thrown through a window of a fighter bus. Today he was dismissed of all felony charges.
RTE reported that Conor McGregor plead guilty to disorderly conduct for his actions in Brooklyn this afternoon. Felony charges of assault and criminal mischief were dropped. As a result, he will serve five days of community service, undergo anger management courses, and will pay for the damages to the bus. It was also reported that three restraining orders were filed against McGregor including ones by both Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg. Chiesa and Borg were both injured during the incident, forcing them to pull out of their respective fights at UFC 223. The damages for the bus have reportedly been paid.
There seems to be no punishment that will be levied by the UFC in this scenario. In fact, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, there are talks to have McGregor fight recently-crowned lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on October 9 in Las Vegas, not Russia.
Conor McGregor has not fought since November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become the promotion’s lightweight champion. Following that bout, the Irishman went on to fight Floyd Mayweather in a heavily promoted boxing bout. Since that fight, McGregor has only been in the news for negative reasons. He jumped into the cage at a Bellator event to celebrate with teammate Charlie Ward, smacking an official and shoving referee Marc Goddard in the process. Then, of course, the dolly incident occurred. McGregor’s partner in crime, Cian Cowley, received identical punishment for the incident.
While McGregor has been a headache for the UFC, his value to the promotion as its biggest draw is still prevalent, especially with the new media rights deal with ESPN coming into play.