Conor McGregor
The Notorious


Injures hand in sparring
May 26, 2019
McGregor recently suffered a hand injury in sparring that isn't currently believed to be highly severe, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
While it's good to see a news story featuring McGregor that is actually related to fighting, this recent bit of information does little to narrow down his fighting future. Despite reports of retirement, McGregor is still expected to return to the Octagon at some point, and is currently hopeful that date will land in late-summer or early-fall. One major obstacle in negotiations has been compensation for pay-per-view buys after ESPN+ officially became the promotion's exclusive pay-per-view distributor. This was always expected to be a potential roadblock, as McGregor is in a league of his own when it comes to high-profile events, as five of the UFC's top-6 highest buy rates have been cards headlined by McGregor. The other issue is whether or not his return will be a title fight, as the possibility of McGregor headlining a card in a non-title fight has been rumored to have been resisted by the promotion in the past.
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Criminal charges dismissed
May 13, 2019
McGregor is no longer facing criminal charges from a March incident where he allegedly stole and smashed a man's cell phone, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
McGregor appears to be in the clear following an off-the-books agreement, as the original accuser told prosecutors that he "has been made whole" by McGregor following the incident. This entire case never represented a major threat to Conor's fighting career, though his biggest obstacle to getting back in the cage seems to be himself. Financially, McGregor should never have to enter a closed cage again, but even after fighting just once in the last two years, he continues to be linked to rumors of a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov or another fight against Donald Cerrone (though both respective opponents have current obligations booked). Don't expect those rumors to end any time soon, however.
Reduced charges, court date set
April 10, 2019
McGregor is now facing reduced charges of felony robbery (sudden snatch) and misdemeanor criminal mischief, and is next due to appear in court April 30, Marc Raimondi of reports.
McGregor had initially been facing more serious charges of strongarm robbery, but those charges were reduced this week, getting dropped from a second-degree to third-degree felony. During his April 30 court date, the state of Florida will determine whether or not to proceed with the case. If the two parties are unable to agree to a plea deal (which seems like the most likely outcome), a court date is tentatively scheduled for May 13. Surveilance video from the incident was also posted by MMA Junkie earlier Wednesday. It's difficult to determine what this might mean for McGregor's fighting career, as the former two-division champion tweeted his intention to retire from MMA back on March 25.
Tweets intention to retire
March 25, 2019
McGregor posted on his personal Twitter account that he has "decided to retire" from mixed martial arts.
It's tough to know just how serious the Tweet is given that he made a similar post in the past, but since it came from McGregor himself, it puts his future in the sport in question. McGregor's status will be updated again when more information is available.
Released on bail after arrest
March 11, 2019
McGregor was released on bail from a Miami-Dade County jail following his arrest Monday evening, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
According to the Miami Herald, McGregor was charged with felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief after allegedly smashing a fan's phone and walking away with it. The original incident -- which occurred early Monday morning -- was caught on surveillance tapes outside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, and McGregor was later arrested at a Miami beach home. The former UFC champion's bond was set at $12,500 and a date for him to appear in court has yet to be set. McGregor is no stranger to run-ins with the law, but according to Helwani, his community service resulting from the dolly-throwing incident at the Barclays Center is complete, and the current situation will not have any implications for his plea deal in New York. As for his fighting career, McGregor is already serving a suspension that runs through April for his role in the post-fight brawl at UFC 229. The latest situation shouldn't greatly affect his ability to schedule a fight in the second quarter of 2019, as there have been other obstacles in the way of getting him back in the Octagon. He's been most recently linked to a lightweight fight against Donald Cerrone, but multiple reports have indicated those plans fell through due to a dispute over whether or not the non-title fight would be featured in the main event.
Handed six-month suspension
January 29, 2019
McGregor was suspended six months and fined $50,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday for his actions in the post-fight brawl at UFC 229, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The suspension is backdated to the date of the incident, so McGregor will be eligible to fight again on April 6, though he does not have any official fights scheduled at this time. Khabib Nurmagomedov -- who jumped the cage after his victory in search of McGregor's teammate -- will be eligible to return on the same day, provided he agrees to take part in an anti-bullying PSA. This sets the stage for a potential rematch during International Fight Week, though it's unclear if this is the next step McGregor's management team will pursue. Multiple opponents have since called out McGregor, such as Donald Cerrone and Dustin Poirier, both of whom would be better stylistic matchups than Nurmagomedov.