Watch as Conor McGregor narrowly avoids awkward confrontation with fierce UFC rival Khabib by SECONDS on Fight Island

Watch as Conor McGregor narrowly avoids awkward confrontation with fierce UFC rival Khabib by SECONDS on Fight Island

01/20/2021

CONOR McGREGOR and Khabib Nurmagomedov missed an awkward confrontation on Fight Island by SECONDS.

McGregor was filmed making his grand arrival in Abu Dhabi, joined by his fiancee Dee Devlin and children Conor Jr and Croia.


But as captured by Full Reptile, just moments after the Irishman, 32, was ushered by staff away from the entrance, Khabib showed up.

The pair did not notice each other, to the relief of the UFC.

McGregor is still very much feuding with Nurmagomedov, also 32, since their 2018 fight, which the Irishman lost.

He claimed Khabib is ‘scurrying away’ from a rematch after the Russian retired in October.

But UFC president Dana White revealed Nurmagomedov will consider a comeback should a lightweight impress him enough to do so.

McGregor will get his chance to salvage a crack at redemption as he headlines UFC 257 against Dustin Poirier, 32, on Saturday.

Khabib is on Fight Island to support and corner his cousin Umar, and their trainer said it would be wise for him to be separated from McGregor.

Coach Javier Mendez told RT Sport MMA: "I would think that they would try to avoid Khabib and Conor meeting.

"That would be smart, I would agree. I think 100 per cent it makes sense to avoid them meeting."

Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor at UFC 229 in 2018, in the promotion's most lucrative fight ever with 2.4million pay-per-views sold.

It followed on from a nasty build-up, where Mendez said Khabib's 'country, religion, family' were all attacked.

As a result, while the trainer hails McGregor's skills and UFC career, he holds ill-will towards the Irishman personally.

Mendez said: "People always ask me what I think about Conor as a fighter, not as a person.

"As a fighter he's fantastic, one of the best I've ever seen but as a person I don't like him.

"I don't like what he does, I don't like him speaking about country, religion, family.  

"Just the art of war type tactics. I don't think it should ever come into play in the fight game.

"Talk trash to him but leave all that other stuff alone, he did his research, he attacked all those things, talking religion, talking country, that's the reason I don't particularly care for him."

 

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