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Barclays brawl: UFC champ Conor McGregor busted after violent tirade outside arena

Lost it: Star mixed-martial-artist Conor McGregor turned himself in at the 78th Precinct station house after injuring two other Ultimate Fighting Championship brawlers and another man in an altercation outside the Barclays Center on Thursday.
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They don’t call him “notorious” for nothing.

Celebrity mixed-martial-arts brawler Conor McGregor turned himself in on criminal-assault charges at the 78th Precinct’s Prospect Heights station house on Thursday, following a fracas outside the Barclays Center that left two fighters and another man injured.

Athletes Michael Chiesa and Raymond Borg — who came to Kings County to compete in Saturday’s Ultimate Fighting Championship event at the arena — told police they were aboard a bus outside the Atlantic Avenue venue at 1:36 pm when McGregor hurled a metal hand truck at the people mover, shattering a glass window and cutting the men with its shards, according to court documents.

The mixed-marital artist and star of the 2017 documentary “Conor McGregor: Notorious” then demonstrated his renowned striking ability on the face of a security guard for the fighting league, slugging the man a couple of times in the noggin, the documents show.

The tirade earned McGregor numerous misdemeanor charges, including criminal mischief in the second degree, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years behind bars.

But the league’s current lightweight champion — the only Ultimate Fighting competitor to hold both a light and featherweight belt — walked out of Kings County Criminal Court on $50,000 bail, and a judge allowed him to hold onto his passport and travel freely between the United States and his native Ireland while the case resolves itself.

The scuffle prevented both of McGregor’s injured colleagues from entering the ring as planned on Saturday, however, and Chiesa took to social media to vent about losing his chance to face off against fighter Anthony Pettis in a championship bout because of the melee.

“I’m devastated to say the least,” he said on Twitter.

And it’s not yet clear how the altercation will affect McGregor’s status with the league, according to its president, who called the incident “the worst thing that’s ever happened” in the history of the sport, according to an ESPN report.

“Obviously, the big question everybody’s been asking me is, ‘Are you firing Conor McGregor?’ ” Dana White told the sports-news outlet. “This is bigger than Conor McGregor getting fired. There are so many more moving pieces to this thing.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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