Conor McGregor pleads guilty to disorderly conduct for role in backstage melee

Conor McGregor pleads guilty to disorderly conduct for role in backstage melee

Conor McGregor pleads guilty to disorderly conduct for role in backstage melee

In a statement outside the New York City courthouse, the 29-year-old thanked the judge and prosecutors "for allowing me to move forward".

The charges related to an incident in April where McGregor and his entourage went on a rampage in an underground auto 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 had already paid for the damage to the bus.

McGregor then briefly turned his attentions to boxing, losing to legendary Floyd Mayweather in the most expensive fight in history.

Ray Borg and Michael Chiesea, two of the fighters who were forced out of planned fights during that event, have a restraining order against McGregor until July 2020. "To my family, my fans, thank you for support", he said.

The Dubliner made the plea with regard to disorderly conduct after he was charged with criminal mischief, misdemeanor assault and menacing and reckless endangerment after the bus attack at the Barclays Center, in April, ahead of UFC 223.

He is due back in court in Brooklyn along with his co-accused and fellow MMA fighter Cian Cowley.

Video footage, which went viral, appeared to show McGregor and his entourage in an underground parking area smashing windows on a bus filled with Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters who were at the arena to publicize an upcoming UFC event.

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

He hasn't fought for UFC since November 2016.

The UFC did not immediate respond to a request for comment. Nurmagomedov was on the bus that McGregor attacked, and was the target of the Irish star's actions.

The incident reportedly was a retaliation for an earlier confrontation between Nurmagomedov's team and McGregor teammate Artem Lobov, according to UFC President Dana White.

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