They formed a bond.
MMA fighter Conor McGregor has a new fan in Ira Judelson — the man who sprung him from jail and helped keep him out.
The cagey cage fighter made one last visit to Judelson’s bail bonds office in Brooklyn to tie up business on Saturday, putting an end to the working relationship that began in April after McGregor was arrested on three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief. The charges stemmed from a tirade at Barclays Center that saw the Irish super star throw a steel dolly through a bus window causing another fighter facial laceration.
According to Judelson, who got McGregor released on $50,000 bail, the man he dealt with was anything but confrontational.
“He was a great client — a model client,” said Judelson, who has also bailed out NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, controversial politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn and comedian Katt Williams. He recently fit disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for an ankle bracelet.
Judelson met with McGregor four times since April and spoke with him on the phone when the fighter had concerns about how travel plans might effect the terms of his parole.
“He called to ask if he could go to the World Cup,” Judelson recalled. “He went on vacation twice, once to the Bahamas and the other I can’t remember.”
According to Judelson, he never considered the flamboyant 30 year old a flight risk.
“He’s not running – everyone knows who he is,” Judelson said.
When McGregor was in New York on June 20, Judelson said the fighter went to Central Park and took a bike ride to unwind. Last weekend, McGregor posted Intagram photos of him and his entourage hitting the club scene. McGregor also made time for fans who spotted him entering the Ira Judelson Bail Bonds office on Atlantic Avenue. Judelson found McGregor “less stressed” this weekend than in the past.
“He came in he signed some autographs for my kid, he took pictures with a friend of mine’s sons who’s going to Michigan to be a doctor,” according to Judelson. The bondman also got McGregor to sign a boxing glove that he plans to auction to fight pediatric cancer.
Judelson expects McGregor to channel his rage in the ring again soon.
“He looks like he’s in incredible shape,” said Judelson. “I think this time off has made him anxious to fight again.”
On Sunday, McGregor posted on social media “Click clack I’m back.”
Judelson invited McGregor to join him and rapper Fat Joe for dinner at Rao’s on Monday, but McGregor said he wanted to get back to Ireland and see his family.
“He just wants to get on with is life and put this behind him, he looks forward to doing his community service and getting on with his life,” according to Judelson.
McGregor was sentenced last week to five days community service and anger management courses. McGregor didn’t discuss with Judelson what that community service would be.