WATCH: “This could end badly…” – Foes Conor McGregor and Islam Makhachev in same building rises tensions; fans react

Islam Makhachev and Conor McGregor both attended the IBA Night of Champions in the United Arab Emirates.


WATCH: “This could end badly…” – Foes Conor McGregor and Islam Makhachev in same building rises tensions; fans react

Islam Makhachev and Conor McGregor present at the same event at the IBA Night of Champions in UAE (via X)

The chance encounter between Conor McGregor and Islam Makhachev happened within the limits of a Dubai fight event. McGregor squared up against former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan at the IBA Champions Night event in Dubai. The evening took an unexpected turn when Islam Makhachev, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, sat on the opposite side of the ring.

The video is a short one at 15 seconds long. It starts with the video panning to McGregor, shouting presumably instructions at the fighters. The camera held on him briefly and then panned to Islam Makhachev. He is seen focused on the fight, and the video ends with that.

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Makhachev’s presence adds a captivating element to the growing drama. This is due to his extensive relationship and training partnership with Khabib Nurmagomedov, one of McGregor’s major opponents. While McGregor and Yan faced off, Makhachev’s presence added to the intensity, creating a tense scene.

The event organizers showed forethought by positioning the two UFC stars on separate ends of the ring. This avoided any possible conflicts or confrontations. However, the passionate fans in attendance and those watching the event online did not ignore the issue.

Fight fans react to Conor McGregor and Islam Makhachev being in the same event

Conor McGregor and Islam Makhachev had a close encounter during the IBA Night of Champions boxing event. This sent shockwaves across the sports industry and triggered a firestorm of comments and reactions from devoted fans. Conor also had a face-off with former Bantamweight champion Petr Yan.

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Fight fans react to Islam Makhachev and Conor McGregor at the same event
Fight fans react to Islam Makhachev and Conor McGregor at the same event (via Sports Illustrated)

Some fans adopted a light-hearted approach, injecting humor into the situation. Others, however, took a more serious approach, saying that this could have ended badly. Some fight fans even appreciated the organization for putting these two MMA legends away from each other. Here are some of the reactions from fight fans:

This close encounter also sparked speculation about a future fight between McGregor and Makhachev. UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier previously supported this story. Fans applauded the concept of a megafight. They saw it as more than just a battle of styles but also a sort of rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and McGregor.

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