Conor McGregor court appearance: MMA star in plea negotiations following bus melee

Conor McGregor (left) (Getty Images)

Conor McGregor appeared briefly in a Brooklyn, N.Y., courtroom Thursday, months after he was arrested and released for his alleged involvement in alleged role in the infamous UFC 223 bus attack in April. 

He appeared in front of a New York judge after he was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief. The hearing lasted a total of 45 seconds and McGregor said he regretted his actions. He remains free on bail and he’s due back in court on July 26, according to

A prosecutor said McGregor and the District Attorney’s office are working on a potential plea deal to resolve the charges from the melee. 

“I regret my actions that led to today. I understand the seriousness of this matter and I am hopeful this will get worked out. Thank you everyone,” McGregor said in a statement through a member of his legal team.

During the UFC 223 media day session on April 6, McGregor, Cian Cowley and a host of other teammates allegedly stormed the Barclays Center searching for current UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The entourage went to the loading dock area and targeted a vehicle carrying rival fighters who were scheduled to fight the following day.

Various videos appear to show the group throwing large metal objects at the bus, including a barricade and dollies. McGregor eventually turned himself in to NYPD and was released on a $50,000 bail.

It was highly speculated McGregor’s rampage was sparked because UFC president Dana White’s decided to strip him of the lightweight title. Because McGregor has been away from MMA since 2016, White decided the fight between Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway would determine the new lightweight champion.