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Community service and anger management classes for Conor McGregor

Mixed martial arts figher Conor McGregor after an earlier court appearance. Picture by Mary Altaffer/AP

CONTROVERSIAL mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for five days' community service over a back-stage melee at a New York arena.

McGregor, who was this year stripped of his UFC lightweight belt, will also be evaluated for an anger management programme.

The 30-year-old Dubliner was joined yesterday in a Brooklyn court by his 25-year-old friend and co-defendant Cian Cowley, who was given three days of community service and an anger management course.

Video showed what appeared to be McGregor hurling an object at a bus full of fighters after a news conference for the UFC 223 event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in April.

Two fighters hurt by broken glass were unable to compete.

Orders of protection were given for several of the victims: MMA fighters Ray Borg, Jason Ledbetter and Michael Chies

McGregor, who has paid to fix the damaged bus, turned himself in to Brooklyn police a day later.

"I just want to say I'm thankful to the (district attorney) and the judge for allowing me to move forward," he said outside the court.

"I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans: thank you for the support."

The decision does not affect the status of his travel visa, which means he will be free to fight in a potential major UFC event in the United States later this year.

McGregor, who faced up to seven years if convicted on all charges, will also not have a criminal record.

In June he had said he regretted his actions, although he did not publicly apologize to the victims.

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