VIDEO: Rare moment Khabib Nurmagomedov praised Conor McGregor and supported him

Most of the mixed martial arts world recognizes Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor as bitter enemies. Those who will fight to the death if given the chance. And why not? The two fighters had a personal rivalry where they were at each other’s throats all the time.

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However, that was not the case from the start. In fact, Khabib Nurmagomedov considered Conor McGregor his idol of sorts and even backed ‘The Notorious’ during his title run against featherweight pivot Jose Aldo.

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In an old interview with the Russian wrestler, fans can see Nurmagomedov praising Conor McGregor and accepting that he likes the Irishman because of his style.

Oh, you know I love Conor McGregor. He hit 155. He’s a punchy dude I like him. I think he can beat Jose Aldo, maybe finish him. Nurmagomedov said.

“His trash talking isn’t bad. And he knows how to make money, everything,” continued the Russian.

That was before Conor McGregor disrupted the lightweight division. As Khabib Nurmagomedov tore the division apart, everyone looked to him as the next contender for the 155-pound strap. However, McGregor was allowed to skip the line and faced Eddie Alvarez straight for the belt.

It was one of the key moments between him and McGregor, which fueled their feud which culminated at UFC 229.

Dana White snubs Conor McGregor off her all-time list

In an interview with Kevin Iole of Yahoo.com, UFC President Dana White named his top 4 fighters in the MMA promotion.

While White gave the names of many UFC legends, he decided to snub two of his most marketed fighters, namely Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor.

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“I picked Jon Jones. I picked Kamaru Usman. GSP, Kamaru Usman, GSP and…Anderson Silva,” said Dana White.

When asked why he chose “The Spider” over Nurmagomedov, White’s answer was clear and direct.

“Yeah. Anderson just did more. He was there longer. Khabib’s dominance is unbelievable. And like you say, it’s a different day and time with different skill levels.

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