The Dramatic Moment Conor McGregor Misses Khabib By 30 Seconds On His Fight Island Arrival
Conor McGregor missed Khabib Nurmagomedov by 30 SECONDS on his Fight Island arrival ahead of his UFC comeback.
Both McGregor and Nurmagomedov are in Abu Dhabi for this week's UFC cards.
The Irishman rematches Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 this Saturday while Russian will corner his cousin, Umar, at UFC Fight Island 8 on Wednesday.
And the pair of UFC stars nearly bumped into each other as they arrived at the hotel on Yas Island.
A mere 30 second separated McGregor and Nurmagomedov's arrival in a dramatic moment that could have turned ugly very quickly.
Nurmagomedov's coach Javier Mendez says it would be smart of the UFC to keep his star pupil and 'The Notorious' apart on Fight Island.
"I would think that they would try to avoid Khabib and Conor meeting," he said.
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"That would be smart, I would agree. I think 100 per cent it makes sense to avoid them meeting."
The American Kickboxing Academy head coach added: "People always ask me what I think about Conor as a fighter, not as a person.
"As a fighter he's fantastic, one of the best I've ever seen but as a person I don't like him.
"I don't like what he does, I don't like him speaking about country, religion, family.
"Just the art of war type tactics. I don't think it should ever come into play in the fight game.
"Talk trash to him but leave all that other stuff alone, he did his research, he attacked all those things, talking religion, talking country, that's the reason I don't particularly care for him."
Following Monday's close call, McGregor and Nurmagomedov should be safe from clashing with the UFC 257 headliner quarantining for a few days and the UFC lightweight champion set to depart Fight Island after Wednesday's event.
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