Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

McGregor faces community service after plea deal

McGregor faces community service after plea deal

Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion McGregor accepted a plea deal as prosecutors at Kings County Criminal Court agreed to drop two felonies and other charges.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Conor McGregor, (second from right) and Cian Cowley (L) plead guilty to disorderly conduct during a hearing at New York State Supreme Court in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., July 26, 2018.

The plea was made as part of a deal that ensures McGregor will serve no jail time and not involve a criminal record. The plea will not affect his USA work visa.

Video of the incident at the Barclays Centre shows McGregor shouting "come on you mad rat" as he attacks the bus with his fists. A potential superfight with Nurmagomedov would be a massive bout for the organization and one it can now freely make with McGregor cleared of further punishment. Cowley also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Thursday.

McGregor's next fight could pit him against either lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, Canadian great Georges St. Pierre or Californian Nate Diaz, who remains the only man to have beaten McGregor in the octagon. McGregor also has to pay restitution to the bus company for the damage. He hasn't fought for UFC since November 2016.

McGregor hasn't fought since his marquee boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in August of past year.

The UFC declined to comment Thursday on the outcome of McGregor's case.

Last week, he attended the World Cup final as Russian President Vladimir Putin's guest.

Two UFC fighters were injured and forced to withdraw from their scheduled matches.

During the melee, McGregor threw a dolly, which ended up shattering glass on the bus window, injuring Michael Chiesa who ended up being pulled from the card as result.

McGregor handed himself in to police soon after the incident. 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.

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