The Story Behind The Picture Of McGregor And Khabib Shows How Times Have Changed Between The UFC Stars
The two are fierce rivals following their explosive meeting at UFC 229 in October 2018, but they were pals when both fighters were rising through the ranks.
At UFC 178 in September 2014, McGregor made his Las Vegas debut. He destroyed Dustin Poirier in under two minutes to record an impressive victory.
And in the build-up to his bout, McGregor received a message from Nurmagomedov who commented on the Irishman's 'Dethone' range.
"I like this t-shirt, I need," the Russian said to which McGregor replied: "My man Khabib!!!"
Nurmagomedov then tweeted: "Hey Conor, I'm in Vegas when you come let me know, I want you gave me this shirt."
McGregor wrote back: "Lets do it brother!! I fly out to Vegas tomorrow!! Hit me up and we can train :-)"
How times have changed. A far cry from now.
McGregor made a triumphant Octagon return when he took care of Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds in January at UFC 246.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, has since defended his UFC lightweight title against Poirier and was scheduled to face Tony Ferguson until the coronavirus crisis prevented him from taking part at UFC 249.
McGregor offered his condolences to Nurmagomedov after the death of his father, Abdulmanap.
The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 3, 2020
A rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor had been mooted until The Notorious' sudden retirement.