Conor McGregor Has Charges Reduced for Phone Incident

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Conor McGregor recently was charged with two felonies for smacking a phone out of a fan’s hand. Those charges, and his possible maximum sentence, have been reduced.

USA Today reported the case update.

Several weeks ago, Conor McGregor was charged with a pair of felonies (strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief) after an incident outside a Miami nightclub. McGregor allegedly slapped a phone out of a fan’s hand, then stomped on it. The charges he faced come with a possible 20-year prison sentence and prevention from entering the United States (due to his status as an immigrant).

Now, the degree of one of the felony charges has been reduced, and the other has been changed to a misdemeanor. This has shrunk his maximum possible sentence from 20 years to six.

It’s been a tumultuous 2019 for Conor McGregor. He first received his suspension for the post-UFC 229 brawl between himself and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Then he completed his required community service for attacking a fighter bus before UFC 223. This phone incident occurred, McGregor retired, then the New York Times reported he was under investigation for sexual assault in Ireland. Since then, McGregor had a Twitter feud with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov that went a bit too far.

His fighting career is sidelined at the moment. The Irishman has not won since 2016, when he became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in multiple weight classes simultaneously. Since then, McGregor lost a boxing match to Floyd Mayweather and a lightweight title fight to Nurmagomedov.

His main focus, currently, is selling whiskey.

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Dan Doherty
Danny is a 2017 graduate of Ithaca College's Sport Media program. He has been an avid fan of mixed martial arts since watching the UFC’s 100 Greatest Fights special on Spike TV back in 2009. Shortly following UFC 100, Danny’s Saturdays, and most of his free time, became dedicated to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Most recently, Danny served as the Media Relations and Broadcasting Assistant of the Long Island Ducks baseball team and is currently the team's Public Address Announcer. Along with fellow Cageside Press writer Heath Harshman, Danny hosts a weekly MMA podcast, Throwin' Elbows MMA.

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