Watching the World Cup finals as a VIP
As France celebrates its World Cup win in Russia, another sports champion is having a great time in the country as a “guest” of the President. No one but UFC’s former double-division champ Conor McGregor. Wait, who?
Read that one right. McGregor claims he witnessed the victory of France’s Les Bleus as they captured the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a win over Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, after being invited by Putin himself.
On an Instagram post, “Notorious” published:
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!
“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 honoured to attend such a landmark event alongside him.
Today was an honour for me, Mr Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup.”
Honoured to attend a landmark event with Putin
Apparently, the Irish fighter sees Russia’s four-term head of state as “one of the greatest leaders of our time.” Grinning quite well and posing with the old fighter fist pose, Conor also said he is “honoured to attend such a landmark event alongside him.”
One minute, Notorious is checking on the progress of his “Russian compound” in a “hazy” Twitter post, another he’s on a snap with no one but Putin himself. What’s with Russia and this MMA star?
If you can recall a moment two years ago, McGregor and Putin were unexpectedly mentioned in the same breath. A featurette on the UFC champion from Russian station Match TV has surfaced online and the champ has some good words in there for the President.
“Putin is a cool man, a martial artist also. Takes no shit. Russian people are strong people. They can spot a bullshitter from a mile away.”
While he’s walking through a bunch of suits, McGregor holds up a phone showing an abysmally photoshopped picture of himself shaking hands with Putin before throwing these words on record.
“Me and Vlad. Looks good, right? Ah look.”
In a matter of two years
In a matter of two years, McGregor’s photo with Putin came to life in the finals of a historical World Cup. His Octagon rival Khabib Nurmagomedov also had the opportunity to witness the finals, but a step behind McGregor who received a personal invitation from the head of state himself. Or so we thought?
Apparently, McGregor calling Putin “one of the greatest leaders” had disappointed a portion of the internet:
You don’t know the definition of the word leader then
— Shaun Ritchie (@ftmsuperfly) July 15, 2018
What’s your take on this though?