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UFC Superstar Conor McGregor’s court hearing: Everything you need to know

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The MMA world is still trying to digest all the chaos that has ensued over the past few days in New York City ahead of UFC 223. Multiple fight cancellations, potential brawls, arrests, people being restricted from fighting and what not.

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UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor was at the centre of all these chaotic incidents. The Irishman showed up unannounced in Brooklyn a couple of days back and attacked the UFC bus along with his group.

The actions resulted in the injury of UFC fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg and both these fighters had to be pulled from the UFC 223 card in which they were scheduled to fight.

McGregor then turned himself into the Police on Thursday and obviously, a lot of questions were raised regarding the whole situation.

The charges against Conor McGregor

According to the New York Police Department, McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief. After he turned himself into the police, McGregor was kept in the police precinct. He was then moved to the court on Friday.

Prior to getting arrested, McGregor was seen throwing substances at the UFC bus and he reportedly pushed a security officer in the Arena as well. The security officer was treated at the hospital and released as per various reports.

McGregor’s teammate Cian Cowley was also arrested as he was apparently seen throwing a chair at the bus. Cowley was charged with three criminal mischiefs, one assault and one reckless endangerment.

The Outcome of the hearing

McGregor’s case was heard at the Brooklyn Criminal court and you can see the whole video of the hearing below.

In the end, McGregor ended up getting a bail set for $50,000. He is, however, yet to enter a plea and has his next hearing scheduled on June 14, 2018. Meanwhile, McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammate Cian Cowley was given a bail of $ 25,000.

The 29-year-old was also ordered to stay away from the likes of Chiesa, Borg and other UFC officials that were involved in the incident.

Fortunately, for McGregor, he will be allowed to travel till the next hearing.

According to Ariel Helwani, the bail was posted by Bellator MMA fighter and McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis.

Other lawsuits and troubles

While McGregor might’ve got bail, his troubles are far from over. Micheal Chiesa, who got injured due to McGregor’s actions, has filed a police report as per TMZ Sports. Apart from Chiesa, UFC executive Reed Harris and Flyweight fighter Ray Borg is also expected to make similar moves even though nothing has been made as of now.

There are no updates on how the whole fiasco will impact McGregor’s mixed martial arts career but the picture is expected to be clearer in the coming days.

As for UFC 223, the show will now be headlined by a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Al Iaquinta.

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