Early on of their careers Khabib and Conor shared a mutual respect and even expressed such admiration for one another, no person may anticipate their rivalry would go on to turn out to be one of essentially the most fierce in UFC historical past.
When the Irishman was a featherweight, each males exchanged pleasantries on Twitter earlier than assembly up and taking an image after McGregor’s win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 in 2014.
However that all modified amidst a hurricane of verbal abuse from McGregor after Khabib and his crew confronted Artem Lobov, a good friend and coaching associate of McGregor.
That led to McGregor’s notorious assault on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn in the course of the UFC 223 media day.
The Irish fighter hurled a metallic trolley at a bus Khabib was travelling in, which resulted in two fighters pulling out from their fights as a consequence of accidents from smashed glass.
Khabib received the light-weight title at UFC 223 and just a few months later, a date with McGregor within the Octagon was set.
Within the lead as much as the battle McGregor went all out to insult Khabib’s faith and household as assaults turned extra private, additional fuelling the hate.
On the pre-fight press convention, McGregor even went after Khabib’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, bringing his son, Noah, into it.
He additionally laughed off his so-called friendship with Khabib and the respect they as soon as had.
“I will put a beating on him and his glass jaw. He purchased t-shirts to help my trigger, a fanboy.”
McGregor tapped out within the fourth spherical of their closely publicised conflict and the battle stays the UFC’s highest-ever promoting pay-per-view.
Nevertheless, what transpired after the battle was arguably extra memorable than what came about contained in the cage.
Khabib jumped into the group and attacked Dillion Danis, a McGregor teammate who had been insulting Khabib all night time. McGregor was additionally jumped by a number of of Khabib’s teammates contained in the octagon.
“I don’t perceive how some of you’ll be able to discuss what I did on the finish of the battle,” Khabib mentioned afterwards.
“Earlier than, McGregor had talked about my faith, about my nation, and about my father. He got here to Brooklyn and he nearly killed a pair of individuals, why have they got to speak about what I did right this moment? I don’t perceive it.”
Khabib retired from the game after defeating Justin Gaethje and shifting to 29-0.
Since his retirement, it seems “The Eagle” has mellowed, leaving the door open for friendship with McGregor.
“Every part is feasible,” mentioned the Dagestani fighter turned promoter.
“You understand, the best way we quarrelled, the identical approach we will reconcile. I believe it’s doable, perhaps not simply now. Let’s have a look at, time will inform.
“I did my job. I responded to him within the cage. How else can I clarify to him? I am unable to communicate with the phrases he speaks. I do not speak that soiled language.
“I instructed him I’ll present him every thing on 6 October. However about friendship, it’s doable. Who’re we to not forgive one another when God forgives us? I am unable to inform you what’s inconceivable, however proper now it’s what it’s.”