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Conor McGregor, manager issue statements after UFC 223 plea deal

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Conor McGregor is free and clear from his UFC 223 drama.

The former two-division UFC champion issued a brief statement Thursday morning outside Kings County Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York after agreeing to a plea deal that saw all felony counts dropped against the fighter for his role in an April 5 attack on a UFC fighter bus following UFC 223 media day.

“I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward,” McGregor said in statement. “I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans, thank you for the support. Thank you.”

As part of the plea deal, McGregor pled guilty to one count of disorderly conduct, will be forced to undergo five days of community service and 1-3 days of an anger management evaluation, and will be required to pay restitution for the damage he inflicted on the UFC’s fighter bus. McGregor also received three orders of protections against him, including two by UFC fighters Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa, both of whom were forced out of their respective UFC 223 fights as a result of injuries suffered from McGregor’s bus attack.

McGregor’s manager Audie Attar also issued a brief statement after the proceedings. He said that McGregor has been training during his legal layoff and hopes to have news of his next move in the UFC soon.

“I want to say thank you to the court,” Attar said in a statement. “Now that this has passed us, we can focus on things that have been on hold for some time. Conor’s been training, he’s in shape, he’s ready to go. So now it’s just about getting back to business, and we hope to have some news to announce very soon.”

A potential fight between McGregor and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has long been rumored for late 2018 and would likely be one of the highest-selling MMA fights of all-time.

Attar told MMA Fighting’s Danny Segura that McGregor still hopes to fight in 2018.