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UFC star Khamzat Chimaev reveals he flew to Ireland to beat up Conor McGregor for insulting Khabib

Khamzat Chimaev says he travelled to Ireland to ‘beat up’ Conor McGregor only to be detained by police, as the Irish superstar lead fans into a frenzy with a cryptic tweet on Thursday evening. 

The UFC welterweight is regarded as one of the brightest talents on the roster and showcased his huge potential with two dominant performances at Fight Island this month.

The Swede submitted John Phillips at middleweight and just ten days later knocked out Rhys McKee after dropping down to the 170lbs division. 

Those two displays have caused a wave of excitement among UFC fans, with the 8-0 sensation being compared to Khabib Nurmagomedov in terms of his dominant style of fighting. 

The lightweight champion and Chimaev share not only their fighting style, but also their strong dislike for McGregor. Nurmagomedov silenced the Irishman in October 2018 when he comprehensively beat him at UFC 229. 

And Chimaev wants to test himself against the former featherweight and lightweight king, who last month retired from the UFC, claiming the fight game ‘didn’t excite him’ anymore.

In fact, the 26-year-old claims he went to Ireland to support Nurmagomedov and beat up McGregor in his own country before the infamous UFC 229 bout.

‘At that time, I was fighting as an amateur or a pro record of 1-0 when that happened,’ he told Russian reporter Adam Zubayraev. 

‘At that time, nobody knew who I was. He was also talking about another guy who’s also Chechen. I don’t remember his name, but he told us he knocked him out in a sparring session.

‘My mind was blowing up at the moment, but I’m living here very close to him. I was thinking that I would catch him in the streets or at the gym and beat him up. This is what he deserved.’

However, the rising star was stopped by police and told to go home after landing in the country. 

‘First, they stopped me a while, and then slightly they told me to go. Then I was going out. When I was going out from the airport, they stopped me again. That time, there were guys literally in uniform. … Yes, there were (special forces), and they told me, “You cannot go anywhere.”‘ 

It’s the latest jibe between the pair after Chimaev called McGregor a chicken in response to the Notorious’s labelling of the welterweight as ‘rat lip’. 

Chimaev’s anecdote had gained traction on social media, and McGregor left fans wondering if he had seen Chimaev’s latest comments on Thursday evening, when he tweeted: ‘I accept’.

The 31-year-old could have been referring to a call out from lightweight rival Tony Ferguson, who is looking for an opponent to get him back on track for a charge at Khabib’s lightweight crown, having lost to Justin Gaethje in May.   

‘So far as fights go, if Conor wants to fight, I’m down for that. I’d love to fight a southpaw. I’d do really well,’ Ferguson told ESPN. 

‘You want to give me Conor, you give me Conor. You want to give me Poirier, we’ll make it happen, and then we’ll fight for the winner of the Gaethje and Khabib fight,’ he added. 

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