MMA star Conor McGregor pleads guilty in backstage melee case

Mixed martial arts star McGregor returns to court for NYC melee

In a short statement outside court, McGregor said: "I just want to say I'm thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward".

Video showed what appeared to be McGregor hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in April.

McGregor's court appearance was incredibly short - lasting less than half an hour - and he's already paid restitution for the damage he caused.

Following the verdict, McGregor issued a brief statement to the media.

Former UFC dual-division champion Conor McGregor was sentenced in a NY courtroom on Thursday for his April attack on a bus full of UFC fighters and staff.

This plea deal will not affect McGregor's travel visa and he will not have a criminal record either. McGregor (21-3) initially faced 12 charges, including two counts of felony criminal mischief, which carries a maximum seven years in prison. McGregor threw an appliance dolly at the window of a bus that held numerous UFC fighters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rose Namajunas, Borg, and Chiesa, amongst others.

Cian Cowley, a teammate of McGregor's who was also involved, pled guilty to one count of disorderly conduct. "I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans - thank you for your support".

The victory in NY saw McGregor become the first fighter in the UFC to hold two belts at the same time.

McGregor was stripped of his featherweight and lightweight belts in April due to inactivity, having taken time off when his first child was born and then training for a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather last August. UFC fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg both suffered minor injuries during the altercation, and were subsequently pulled from their upcoming fights at UFC 223.

White said McGregor justified the confrontation in a text exchange just before he turned himself in to police.

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