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Conor McGregor says he regrets his 'actions' in Barclays Center melee

Judge sets a July 26 hearing date as the UFC star faces felony and misdemeanor charges.

Outside criminal court in Brooklyn on Thursday, Conor McGregor said he regrets his actions from early April at Barclays Center. (Credit: Newsday / Matthew Chayes)

UFC star Conor McGregor appeared in Brooklyn criminal court on Thursday, stemming from his involvement in a Barclays Center melee in April.

The appearance lasted less than a minute. The prosecutor said that there were plea negotiations in the case, and Judge Ray Rodriguez set a July 26 hearing date. Orders of protection remained in effect.

“I regret my actions that led me here today,” McGregor said outside court. “I understand the seriousness of this matter, and I’m hopeful that it gets resolved soon.”

McGregor and Cian Cowley, a teammate of McGregor who also was charged in the April ruckus, wore suits and ties to the hearing.

Bruce Maffeo is McGregor’s attorney. John Arlia represents Cowley.

McGregor was arraigned on two felony charges and 10 misdemeanor charges from his actions caught on video and aimed at Khabib Nurmagomedov after the UFC 223 media day on April 5.

The felony charges include criminal mischief in the second degree and criminal mischief in the third degree.

Misdemeanor charges include:

  • three counts of menacing in the third degree
  • two counts of menacing in the second degree (weapon)
  • two counts of assault that recklessly caused physical injury
  • one count of attempted assault with intent to cause physical injury
  • one count of reckless endangerment in the second degree
  • one count of criminal mischief with intent to damage property

McGregor, 29, was released from police custody on Friday, April 6, after posting $50,000 bond at Brooklyn Criminal Court. Cowley, a 25-year-old fighter who trains with McGregor, also was charged with one count of assault and one count of criminal mischief for his alleged role in the incident, police said. He was released on $25,000 bond.

Multiple videos appeared on social media within hours of the incident, and more surfaced in the days that followed. One showed McGregor throwing a metal hand cart through a bus window, shattering the glass. Another showed him lifting a metal barricade and charging the bus. Another showed McGregor and his entourage leaving Barclays Center in a black SUV after the incident.

The bus contained numerous fighters who were scheduled to appear on the UFC 223 card two days later. McGregor’s actions caused three bouts on the card to be canceled.

Michael Chiesa suffered cuts to his face and was forced to cancel his lightweight bout with Anthony Pettis. Ray Borg’s flyweight bout also was canceled because he suffered multiple corneal abrasions.

The third canceled bout involved McGregor’s friend and teammate Artem Lobov, who was scheduled to fight Alex Caceres. Lobov was shown on video two days earlier getting into a verbal altercation with Nurmagomedov and was part of McGregor’s group at Barclays Center causing the melee.

McGregor last fought in the UFC on Nov. 12, 2016, at the promotion’s first card at Madison Square Garden. That night, he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become the lightweight champion and the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two weight classes at the same time.

In August of 2017, McGregor boxed against Floyd Mayweather Jr., losing in the 10th round by TKO and earning a reported $100 million for the fight.

With Mark La Monica

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