Khabib takes ‘fanboy’ snaps of Conor McGregor after win 6-years ago as photos re-emerge of once friendship turned nasty – The Sun

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV took "fanboy" snaps of Conor McGregor and posed arm in arm for a picture with the Irishman in 2014 before their relationship dramatically soured.

Six years ago Khabib was snapped with McGregor after the Irish star's first round featherweight victory over Dustin Poirier at UFC 178.

Khabib shared the image of the two men on his Twitter page with the caption: "With CONOR McGREGOR after his unbelievable victory in UFC 178."

To which McGregor replied: "I love it champ!! The Russian Bear!!"

The mutual respect between the two even went as far as talk of a potential joint training session although it never materialised.

The relationship dynamic changed when McGregor moved up to lightweight at the beginning of 2016 and the two competitors found themselves in the same division.

Admiration and respect went out the window and a long running feud began.

Tensions can be traced back to November 2016 when McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez to become lightweight champion with Khabib fuming at his demotion to the undercard after previously being offered the headline fight.

The two traded provocative messages on Twitter before McGregor launched a furious attack on a bus containing Khabib and other fighters due to appear at UFC 223 in April 2018.

The Irish scrapper avoided jail despite pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in the US.

The two MMA fighters finally took their dispute into the Octagon when they headlined UFC 229 in October 2018.

Khabib won the fight after McGregor's fourth round submission but the night in Las Vegas was remembered for an explosive post-fight brawl.

Khabib fled the Octagon to launch himself at Dillon Danis from McGregor's team while three members of the Russian's entourage attacked McGregor in chaotic scenes.

McGregor was banned for six months and ordered to pay £38,000 with Khabib suspended for nine months and fined £381,000.

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