Conor McGregor due in NY court on Thursday


The hearing lasted just over a minute.

Back in April, the Irish UFC champ and his entourage gatecrashed the UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn, New York, as they were allegedly looking for UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The meeting will follow the court hearing in which McGregor will answer three charges of misdemeanor assault and one count of felony criminal mischief. He added that, "The good news for McGregor is that the most serious charge is the property damage charge".

However, as had been expected, McGregor's (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) appearance was brief and simply saw the scheduling of his next court appearance, which is now set for July 26.

If the former New York prosecutors are correct, McGregor would be legally eligible to return to the Octagon in late 2018, which of course, would make the highly-anticipated showdown against UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov a possibility if negotiations are successful.

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Cowley said on Saturday that he hoped to get the case "out of the way".

"Today we are focusing on the court and we are not going to focus on any future plans until we handle this matter".

McGregor has not been seen in the Octagon since at UFC 205 when he won the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez.

Conor McGregor has arrived at a NY court to face three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.

Since his last UFC, McGregor has competed inside a boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather, losing the fight on a 10th-round TKO.