Conor McGregor appears in handcuffs ahead of court appearance

Two fighters are reported to have been injured in the incident

Conor McGregor appears in handcuffs ahead of court appearance

Conor McGregor leaves a New York police station in handcuffs | Image via @wbz on Twitter

Updated: 15.45

UFC fighter Conor McGregor has been taken from a New York police station in handcuffs ahead of his court appearance.

He has been charged with three counts of assault over a backstage scuffle.

He is also accused of one count of criminal mischief, New York Police Department said, after trouble erupted at a media event.

This prisoner movement document emerged as he was taken from a police station to the courthouse | Image via @MMA_Jim ‏on Twitter

The 29-year-old mixed martial arts fighter - who is being held in custody - had just been stripped of his lightweight title.

He handed himself in to police after footage emerged that appearing to show him throwing a railing at a rival's bus.

Ultimate fighting star Conor McGregor (left) is led by an official to an unmarked vehicle while leaving the 78th Precinct of the New York Police Department | Image: Julio Cortez/AP/Press Association Images

McGregor was caught on camera with a group of people in a loading dock at the Barclays Center before a vehicle carrying long-time rival Khabib Nurmagomedov and a number of other UFC fighters was targeted.

People were seen in the video attempting to restrain McGregor, with some managing to stop the bus from being hit by various missiles, including a metal barrier and a bin.

Clips from a video shot inside the vehicle showed an object hitting and cracking the windshield.

UFC president Dana White condemned the incident as "one of the most disgusting things that's happened in the history of the company".

McGregor has not fought in the UFC since November 2016 and earlier this week was stripped of the 155lb championship title he had never defended.

It will be contested between Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway on Saturday.

McGregor responded to the move by tweeting on Thursday morning: "You's'll strip me of nothing you's do nothing c****.

Lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa reportedly suffered a cut to his forehead during the altercation.

Flyweight Ray Borg suffered 'multiple corneal abrasions' and will also be unable to fight.

UFC said a planned featherweight bout between Artem Lobov and Alex Caceres was also called off "due to Lobov's involvement in the incident".