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MMA star Conor McGregor pleads guilty in backstage melee at Brooklyn arena

Conor McGregor throws guard rail at bus

NEW YORK — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor pleaded guilty Thursday to disorderly conduct in exchange for community service to resolve charges stemming from a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena, reports CBS New York. McGregor will also be evaluated for an anger management program in addition to his five days of community service.

Video showed McGregor apparently hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a news conference for the UFC event at Barclays Center in April. Two fighters hurt by broken glass were unable to compete. McGregor was originally charged with assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.  

The 30-year-old Irish fighter was joined in Brooklyn court by his 25-year-old friend and co-defendant Cian Cowley, who also pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge and got three days of community service and anger management. All felony counts were reportedly dismissed. The two must also abide by three orders of protection and pay damages that were caused to a bus.

McGregor spoke briefly outside court, CBS New York's Natalie Duddridge reported. "To my family, my fans, thank you for support," he said.

A spokesperson for the Brooklyn district attorney's office called it "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."

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MMA star Conor McGregor appears in a Brooklyn court July 26 to plead guilty to charges stemming from a backstage melee at the Barclay's center in April CBS New York

The April incident happened after McGregor was stripped of his UFC Lightweight Championship for failing to defend his title. McGregor has expressed regret, saying after his last court appearance in June that he understood the seriousness of the matter and hoped to resolve it soon.

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