Conor McGregor returned to Brooklyn again, but this time in a courtroom. McGregor faces multiple felonies of criminal mischief as well as misdemeanors for his actions back in April. At UFC 223, McGregor and his crew led a fury of attacks launched at a bus with UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov on it. He is believed to have had altercations with Artem Lobov, McGregor’s teammate.
The altercation took place April 5 where the Irishman and teammates stormed the Barclays Center and wasted no time throwing objects at a bus, including a moving dolly. They injured Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg as the altercation forced both fighters off the card.
Although the former two-division Irish champion will likely stay free of jail time, the process of court and pleas may take longer than expected. If the odds work in McGregor’s favor, he could escape with probation, a fine, and community service.
As his focus concentrates on his court dates, there is a potential opponent for when he returns to the octagon.
Nurmagomedov is a Russian based fighter with a record of 26-0 and holds one of the longest undefeated win streaks in all of MMA. His style is very different from McGregor’s, he is a wrestler and pressures his body weight on opponents. It is a fight he has wanted, fight fans want to see, and a match that will settle the drama between the two fighters. Both fighters ultimately pose the most significant threat to one another.
Dana White and the UFC has not released any statement on when McGregor will return to action among the recent legal drama, but rumors are it may be sooner than later and that it will take place in Las Vegas.
Nurmagomedov is targeting to defend his title in September or October, which would be UFC 228 or UFC 229.
As there is no date set for McGregor’s return, all fingers are pointing to a Nurmagomedov-McGregor super fight.