Conor McGregor, the Irish mixed martial arts fighter, returned to New York for court, on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
McGregor expressed his regret for his role in a melee at an April event. The event was supposed to publicize a series of Ultimate Fighting Championship fights in Brooklyn.
The former lightweight champion, 29, and fellow Irish fighter and co-defendant, Cian Cowley, 23, were negotiating a plea bargain for assault and criminal mischief charges from the fracas, according to prosecutors in the state Supreme Court in Brooklyn.
The case was adjourned until July 26, by Judge Raymond Rodriguez.
McGregor told reporters: “I regret my actions that led me here today. I understand the seriousness of this matter and I am hopeful that it gets resolved soon.”
Video footage of the melee that took place in an underground parking garage at the Barclays Centre Arena show McGregor and his entourage using a metal barricade and other objects to smash the windows of a bus filled with fighters who were leaving the event.
A fighter on the bus was hit by a dolly thrown through the bus window and he was cut. Another fighter’s cornea was cut by the shattered glass, according to the UFC.
Within hours of the event, McGregor surrendered to police officers. He was released by a New York judge on $50,000 bail.
At the time, McGregor was upset over the UFC’s decision to remove his title, according to his messages on Twitter. His last fight was November 2016. He defeated Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden to win the lightweight title belt.
He has not defended his title. He did, however, lose a conventional boxing match to Floyd Mayweather in August 2017. It was the second biggest pay-per-view fight in history.
By Jeanette Smith
South China Morning Post: Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor back in court to negotiate a plea for his Brooklyn melee
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