According to court records per MMAJunkie, prosecutors have reduced two charges against Conor McGregor in his alleged incident with a fan and his cellphone outside a Miami nightclub last month.
The Irish superstars previous charge of a felony has been reduced to a misdemeanor, which means the potential maximum sentence would only be six years as opposed to 20-years which police were pushing for. According to police records, the SBG Ireland standout allegedly slapped a phone out of a fans hand after he was trying to take a photo of McGregor picture around 5 a.m. on March 11. McGregor then stomped on the phone several times.
“After reviewing the facts of the incident, the prosecutor realized that there wasn’t enough evidence to support the original felony charges,” former assistant U.S. Attorney David S. Weinstein told MMAJunkie (via USA Today Sports) “Like his other arrest, his biggest problem is the effect that a conviction will have on his immigration status. “A conviction for this offense qualifies as an aggravated felony. It remains a privilege to enter the U.S. and not a right. So if there is a conviction that will allow U.S. immigration authorities to prevent him from entering the U.S. on a visitor or work visa.”
McGregor (21-3) has had his fair share of legal trouble. Last year, he faced multiple charges over throwing a dolly at the fighter bus after UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn, NY. He agreed to a plea deal last July when prosecutors dropped the two felony charges. In March of this year, the New York Times revealed that McGregor is being investigated over an alleged sexual assault in Ireland.
The 30-year-old last competed in the octagon in a submission loss to current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October. McGregor has only competed once in the UFC since winning the lightweight title over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in Nov. 2016. While he announced his retirement a few weeks back, it appears that has been pre-mature.