Conor McGregor won’t serve any jail time — or even have a criminal record — after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct from his bus window-shattering New York City tirade last April. The UFC two-division champion will serve five days of community service and one to three days of anger management training after already paying for the damage he’d caused to the bus. The plea will not affect his travel visa.
“This is a fair resolution that holds the defendant accountable, ensures restitution for the victims and requires the defendant to perform community service where he can reflect on his conduct and give back to society,” the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
McGregor crashed a press conference for UFC 223, an event where he wasn’t scheduled to fight but was set to be stripped of his lightweight title due to inactivity, storming into Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in typically brash fashion. His braggadocio turned criminal when he picked up a hand truck and launched it at a bus carrying several fighters, including current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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The attack broke windows and sprayed the interior of the vehicle with shattered glass, leaving several fighters stunned and others hurt. Both Michael Chiesa and Brandon Moreno had to vacate their spots on the fight card due to injuries sustained during the incident. McGregor would eventually be charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief and turn himself in before being released on $50,000 bond.
McGregor made a brief statement to the press after the hearing, not really saying much of anything in the process.
“I just want to say I’m thankful to the D.A. and the judge for allowing me to move forward,” said McGregor. “I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans — thank you for your support.”
McGregor hasn’t fought in the UFC since November 2016, opting to earn a massive payday boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. instead. Thursday’s resolution helps clear the way for his return to the octagon and back into the title scene at lightweight, welterweight, or, if he’s willing to cut back to his original fighting size, featherweight — though it’s not like the organization has shied away from promoting people with arrest records in the past.