Conor McGregor has been disqualified from driving for six months and fined €1,000 for speeding.

The 30-year-old Mixed Martial Arts fighter was summoned to appear at Naas District Court to face four road traffic charges; speeding, driving without a licence, failing to produce a licence at the scene and failing to subsequently produce it at a garda station.

He was stopped by gardaí on the N7 at Blackchurch, Kill, Co Kildare on 11 October last year.

Sgt Michael Keevans told the court that Mr McGregor was polite and apologetic when he was stopped, and he was issued with a fixed charge penalty notice which was not paid.

Mr McGregor pleaded guilty to speeding and three driving licence charges were withdrawn after it was established he did have a licence.

He took the stand, apologised and told the court "I didn’t realise I was going that fast".

Mr McGregor said someone had been delegated to pay the fine but he was not sure why that had not happened. "It should have been paid," he said.

The court heard Mr McGregor has 12 previous convictions for road traffic offences dating back over ten years.

They include speeding, driving while holding a mobile phone, driving in a bus lane, and breaking a red light.

He had been disqualified previously for six months.

His last appearance in court was at Blanchardstown District Court this time last year.

Mr McGregor’s solicitor told the court in Naas today that these proceedings would reflect very badly on the MMA fighter and the resulting negative publicity would be a punishment in itself.

However, Judge Desmond Zaidan fined him €1,000 and disqualified him from driving for six months.

The judge also told Mr McGregor that he was fortunate not to be facing more serious charges such as careless or dangerous driving, as eight out of ten motorists caught driving over 150km in this district are charged with those offences.

Afterwards Mr McGregor acknowledged that he had to slow down in future and said he had "gotta drive safer".