Looking Frightened In Court, Martial Arts Fighter McGregor, Says He Regrets Brooklyn Melee

Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor returned to court in New York on Thursday and expressed regret for his role in a melee at an April event to publicize a series of Ultimate Fighting Championship fights at a Brooklyn arena.

The 29-year-old former lightweight champion and his co-defendant and fellow Irish fighter, Cian Cowley, 23, were negotiating a plea deal over assault and criminal mischief charges stemming from the fracas, prosecutors said at a brief hearing in state Supreme Court in Brooklyn.


Judge Raymond Rodriguez adjourned the case until July 26. McGregor, dressed in a tailored dark check suit and striped tie, walked out as photographers chased him to a waiting vehicle.


“I regret my actions that led me here today,” McGregor, one of the sport’s most recognizable stars, told reporters outside court afterward. “I understand the seriousness of this matter and I am hopeful that it gets resolved soon.”


Video footage of the melee in an underground parking area at the Barclays Center arena appears to show McGregor and his entourage using a metal barricade and other objects to smash windows on a bus filled with fighters leaving the media event.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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