Conor McGregor Sentenced In UFC 223 Bus Incident, Releases Statement

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The Nurmagomedov camp have been angling for the lightweight champ to defend the belt against the biggest draw in UFC history and they even gave McGregor a deadline of Monday to decide - as if they'd walk away from the deal at any time. Cowley also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Thursday.

McGregor could have been sentenced to a spell in jail but struck a plea bargain after pleading guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.

Both men have been ordered to complete five days community service, up to three days anger management classes and to keep the peace for one year. The plea will not affect McGregor's travel visa, nor will it result in a criminal record.

Some of the fighters were injured as a result of glass broken in the bus windows and were therefore unable to fight days later at the MMA in NY.

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 in April. "I want to say to my friends, my family, and my fans - thank you for the support".

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"I just want to say I'm thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward".

Two UFC fighters - Chiesa, a lightweight, and Borg, a flyweight - reported suffering minor injuries to authorities and were ultimately pulled from their respective bouts on a scheduled pay-per-view event on April 7. Conor's been training, he's in shape, he's ready to go. During that time, McGregor turned to boxing and secured a guaranteed $30 million payday despite losing a highly anticipated bout a year ago to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Now that McGregor's legal issues are behind him, the path has been cleared for the Irishman to return to the Octagon. The incident was seen as a retaliatory attack for an earlier confrontation between Nurmagomedov's team and McGregor teammate Artem Lobov in NY.

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