Conor McGregor charged with assault following Dublin bar punch

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Conor McGregor has been charged today with assault for punching an elderly man at a Dublin bar back in April.

According to Independent.IE, McGregor has been served a summons to appear in front of a judge in court next Friday. 

Footage released by TMZ in August showed the Irish fighter offering shots of his Proper Twelve whiskey to members of the public at the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh back in April.

An elderly man at the bar refused the drink offer twice, which caused McGregor to become agitated, eventually throwing a left-handed punch at the man's head,

Independent.IE states that the former UFC Lightweight Champion faces a single assault charge under Section Two of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act over the incident.

If McGregor is found guilty, he could serve a maximum prison term of six months, a fine of €1,500, or both.

After the footage of the incident was released to the public, McGregor did an interview with ESPN where he stated he was sorry for what happened as well as that he had no excuses for his actions.

He also said he would take responsibility for whatever happened next. He is now expected to appear before Dublin District Court on October 11.

It's almost been a year since McGregor last fought for UFC, but he has teased a return to the Octagon several times over the past couple of months.

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Notorious' last fight was against Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 229 in October last year.

McGregor lost the fight, and he was suspended for six months afterward after getting involved in a post-fight brawl with members of Khabib's team.

Last month, the former UFC Lightweight Champion teased a possible return to the Octagon later this year in December.

He has also named several fighters as possible future opponents including Frankie Edgar, Justin Gaethje, Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal, Tony Ferguson, Jose Aldo, and Dustin Poirier.

However, all future UFC fight plans may have to be placed on hold soon, depending on the outcome of next week's court appearance.

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