Conor McGregor will return to the U.S. for a court date this Thursday in the Brooklyn Criminal Court in New York.

McGregor, a former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, has been charged with three courts of misdemeanor assault and one count of felony criminal mischief for his role in an attack inside the Barclays Center earlier this year.

Following his arrest, McGregor posted bail and returned to Ireland.

FightLine asked Dmitriy Shakhnevich of The Law Firm of Dmitriy Shakhnevich what we can expect during the hearing with McGregor:

“Basically, on Thursday, Conor is appearing in Court to see if he was indicted. In every felony case in NY, the case must be indicted before the DA can proceed to trial. There is a prescribed time limit by which the DA must indict. The Court appearance on Thursday is designed to see if Conor has been indicted. An indictment is when a Grand Jury is empaneled to determine whether there is ‘reasonable cause,’ to find that the defendant committed the crimes charged.

“If the DA tries to indict but fails, then the case is over. However, that is incredibly rare. It virtually never happens. There are several reasons for that: (a) only the DA puts on a case, not the defendant; and (b) the standard to indict, again, is ‘reasonable cause,’ which is a very low standard and obviously, much lower than the ‘beyond a reasonable doubt,’ standard required to convict a defendant at trial.

“So the Grand Jury will typically indict and return a ‘true bill,’ then the case will be put over for disclosure of evidence, hearings and ultimately, trial. Of course, a plea deal can also be reached at any time during the case, including on Thursday.”

The UFC has stated they will wait until after the hearing to release any information on a possible suspension of McGregor. Reports have started circulating that he will be paired with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov sometime later this year.

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