UFC's Conor McGregor pleads guilty after throwing hand truck at bus

Eloise Marshall
July 26, 2018

McGregor released a brief statement following the decision outside a Brooklyn courtroom where he thanked the District Attorney and the judge for allowing him to move forward.

The charges related to an incident in April where McGregor and his entourage went on a rampage in an underground vehicle park smashing windows on a bus filled with UFC fighters who were at the Barclays Centre Arena in Brooklyn to publicise the upcoming UFC 223 event.

He has also been ordered to stay away from three individuals - Raymond Bord, Michael Chiesa and Jason Leadbeater - until July 2020, while he will pay for the damage to the bus.

Two fighters hurt by broken glass were unable to compete.

Speaking outside the court, McGregor thanked family and friends for their support throughout the case.

McGregor, who faced a maximum of seven years in prison after being charged with two counts of felony criminal mischief and several misdemeanors, took the plea deal Thursday.

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Conor's co-defendant, Cian Cowley - who also participated in the bus attack - got the same deal. but with only 3 days of community service.

McGregor's lawyer did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

McGregor, once the UFC's simultaneous 145- and 155-pound champion, hasn't fought since the fracas. It stems from an incident caught on camera, where McGregor is accused of throwing a hand-truck into a bus.

McGregor hasn't fought since his marquee boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August of previous year. The window shattered and injured Borg and Chiesa, necessitating their removal from the UFC 223 fight card.

Nurmagomedov now holds the UFC lightweight title, while Max Holloway is the featherweight champion. Nurmagomedov was on the bus that McGregor attacked, and was the target of the Irish star's actions.

Now that McGregor has cleared the criminal proceedings stemming from the incident, it is expected that he will likely challenge Nurmagomedov for the belt at some point in the near future.

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