The last time UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor were in the same room, it was McGregor and friends attacking a bus full of fighters that included Nurmagomedov before UFC 223.
Both fighters were in attendance at the 2018 World Cup Finals and while they didn’t meet face to face, did share some of their experiences through Instagram:
McGregor also bumped into Russian President Vladimir Putin at the event and the fighter shared the following about the meeting on Instagram:
Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him. Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup. Россия вперёд!
Nurmagomedov commented on being in the same stadium as McGregor, noting that he wasn’t very interested in seeing the Irishman.
“I thought I’d meet McGregor at the Luzhniki Stadium,” Nurmagomedov said to Express UK. “But even if we meet now, we still will not be able to find out who is stronger. If there was a cage in the middle of the arena, it would be more interesting. And now something to find out on the street and so on. We are not at that age and not in that position. It would be ideal if there were no one around. Or vice versa — to the full stadium, in the middle of the cage, and in it — we. In general, I see no reason to approach him now. We are hospitable people. Let the football look, enjoy Russia.”