Conor McGregor accepts plea deal for Brooklyn rampage
Former two-time UFC champion Conor McGregor has accepted a plea deal to avoid any jail time and is free to presume his fighting career.
The UFC's biggest star, McGregor (21-3), appears set to finally make his return to the Octagon presumably at the end of this year against his rival Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) in which is easily the biggest fight the UFC can make at this time.
And it couldn't come at a better time. The top MMA organization in the world has had a roller coaster year from the highs of landing that elusive ESPN deal to producing some low pay-per-view numbers for what many felt were stacked cards.
While most legal experts predicted the Irish superstar would avoid actual jail time, his sentence basically amounts to a slap on the wrist. Not only will the Notorious One avoid spending even a day in jail, he was also able to dodge all felony charges against him and will not maintain any criminal record and will completely avoid any travel restrictions.
McGregor, 30, and a posse of his stormed the Barclays Center after the conclusion of a media event at UFC 223 in April and proceeded to barge into the loading dock area in an attempt to get into a confrontation with Nurmagomedov, who was a passenger in one of the buses that was escorting the fighters back to their hotel.
McGregor proceeded to incite a near riot and tossed a dolly towards one of the buses, shattering a window and sending pieces of glass flying inside of the bus.
If you somehow missed that "highlight", it would be safe to assume that it will be on a countless loop in the promotion leading up to that fight with Nurmagomedov.
McGregor and his legal team were able to manufacture a deal with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office and pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and will also be required to serve community service and will also need to attend anger management classes.
He faced up to 12 criminal charges and up to seven years in jail.
While his legal criminal status has been resolved, he will still potentially have civil financial lawsuits to deal with, most likely from fellow UFC fighters, Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa, who were injured in the ruckus and thus unable to compete on the card that weekend.
Nurmagomedov went on to defeat last-minute replacement, Al Iaquinta, to claim the lightweight title, the same championship that McGregor was stripped of after inactivity.
McGregor hasn't fought in the UFC since November 2016 at UFC 205 coincidentally also in New York to become the first fighter to hold UFC championships simultaneously.
The UFC would seem to be chomping at the bit to make this fight between the bitter rivals as soon as possible and have now cleared the biggest hurdle. Las Vegas and New York at Madison Square Garden have been rumored as possible destinations to host the fight, but it would seem logical if the UFC would hesitate to host that fight in New York after all of the issues that have risen with both events held in that state after so many years of lobbying to legalize the sport in the popular state.