Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor will return to a court room in Brooklyn, New York this Thursday to answer for the two felony counts of criminal mischief as well as multiple misdemeanors for an incident at Barclay’s center in April in which a bus attack was directed at his replacement as UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0).
Most legal experts think that the Irish superstar will avoid any jail time altogether, but the results of Thursdays hearing could prove to be much more arduous. New York lawyer Dmitry Shakhnevich gave his two cents on the matter to the Los Angeles Times:
“Basically on Thursday, Conor is appearing in court to see if he was indicted before the district attorney can proceed to trial. Everything will go down in court [Thursday].If I were a betting man, I’d say that unless some plea will be worked out Thursday, an indictment will probably be filed by the court.”
Even in the event that McGregor’s legal team is able to strike some sort of plea bargain, it is possible that a secret grand jury could justify reasonable cause to bring about more hearings.
The UFC has been struggling for pay-per-view buys in McGregor’s absence— an industry official said that the recent card headlined by Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero sold less than 150,000 pay per views.
In the two months since the “Notorious” [pun intended] incident, McGregor has been stripped of his lightweight title and his career has basically been at a stand still. With Max Holloway reigning in the featherweight division and Khabib holding the throne at 155, it is uncertain if, when, or how McGregor will make his return to the octagon. UFC president Dana White declined to comment on the possible return of McGregor, citing the uncertainty of what will transpire at Thursdays trial.