Current lightweight Terrence McKinney has reposted a friendly exchange between McGregor and Nurmagomedov, before their intense rivalry began five years later in their UFC meeting
Friendly exchanges between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have resurfaced from five years before their notorious rivalry.
The pair fought an historic battle in 2018, which Nurmagomedov won and continued his undefeated streak in the UFC.
And the stoppage sparked chaotic scenes, where both teams fought in the ring as the animosity between the pair continued to rumble on.
But the pair were not always at each others throats, and a friendly social media exchange between the pair has resurfaced via Terence McKinney on Twitter.
“My man Khabib!,” McGregor posted on Twitter. And Nurmagomedov quickly responded: “Hey Conor I am in Vegas, when you are here let me know I want to give you this shirt.”
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McGregor then agreed to the training session: “Let’s do it brother, I fly out to Vegas tomorrow, hit me up and we can train together.”
The pair have since exchanged in multiple social media spats since their famous clash at UFC 229.
McGregor fired a series of deleted tweets at the Russian including one aimed at his late father, with another threatening to “eat his children”.
And the retired lightweight responded with an aggressive rant at McGregor branding him “dirty” in a furious outburst.
“When he talked about this, only evil can talk about your father, wife, kids, religion,” Nurmagomedov said on Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast. “If you’re a normal human, you’re never going to talk about this stuff. For me, I think he post this tweet (while) drunk too much or (he was doing) something.
“Then the next day, he always delete these tweets. When he become normal life (he looks at his phone) and says, ‘Oh, look what I did.’ Then he delete. This is my opinion what he do all the time.
“When someone is not with us – he is not even alive – this shows what you have inside. This shows how dirty you are.
“When you one of the best in the world and you come and you punch someone who is like 70 years old, like an old man (in a pub), this shows your heart. This shows who you are inside, how dirty you are.
“When you have parents and you have kids, how can you show yourself like this? I don’t understand why his close people don’t go, ‘Hey, what’s going on?'”
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McGregor’s antics have earned him a more negative reputation in recent weeks, after his latest incident involving a violent clash with Machine Gun Kelly at the VMA’s.
The 33-year-old is now planning on returning to Ireland as he continues his recovery from a broken leg injury suffered in defeat to Dustin Poirier.
Without a win in three of his last four UFC outings, McGregor has a range of options to consider upon his return to action including a crossover clash with YouTube star Jake Paul.
But t he 24-year-old has told McGregor to “sober up” in order to secure a clash with him, with Paul’s trainer BJ Flores warning the Irishman that he will be “retired” by Paul.