NEW YORK — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor is in plea negotiations to resolve charges stemming from an April backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena.
The 29-year-old Irish fighter and co-defendant Cian Cowley remained free on bail after a brief court appearance Thursday. They are due back in court July 26, and a prosecutor said plea negotiations are ongoing.
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“I regret my actions that led to today,” McGregor told reporters after the court appearance. “I understand the seriousness of this matter and I am hopeful this will get worked out.”
McGregor, the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion who hasn’t fought in MMA since winning the 155-pound belt in November 2016, faces three counts of misdemeanor assault?and one count of felony criminal mischief.
Video footage of the incident showed McGregor hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a UFC 223 news conference at Barclays Center.
Fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were injured by shattered glass and unable to compete.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.