Looks like things are about to be able to finally move forward in the fighting world for the UFC megastar, Conor McGregor.
With his immediate career seemingly up in the air after the whole UFC 223 bus incident, McGregor is reportedly on the verge of some clarity.
According to TMZ Sports, the final stages have been reached in the negotiating of a plea deal for his felony mischief case.
McGregor’s charges included that of one count of felony criminal mischief tagged along with three counts of misdemeanor assault.
Prosecutors are agreeing to drop the felony to a misdemeanor. This is a very big deal for the Irishman as a felony regarding violence could result in deportation from the U.S permanently.
In addition, McGregor was facing up to seven years behind bars if convicted, but the prosecutors are agreeing to probation, therefore, keeping the former UFC champion out from behind bars.
The plea deal has yet to reach finalization, but the negotiations are reportedly in the “fine points” stages. Assuming nothing crazy happens and this falls through, the deal is expected to be finished and made final in the coming days as McGregor is due in a Manhattan court on Thursday.
Coming late next month, McGregor will have been out of the fight scene for a full year as last August was when he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their cross-sport boxing match spectacle.
As far as McGregor competing in MMA goes, we haven’t seen that since November 2016 when he won the UFC lightweight title by defeating Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205.
The talk lately has been that McGregor is likely to return to the UFC and do so to challenge for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightweight crown sometime later this year.
With this news, it makes that possibility all the more likely.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/21/2018