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Khamzat Chimaev claims he flew to Ireland to “beat up” Conor McGregor

"Honestly speaking, I wanted to beat him up..."

It seems that Khamzat Chimaev was at odds with Conor McGregor long before getting to the UFC…

Since the culmination of the UFC’s Fight Island endeavour, the entire combat sports community seems enamoured with breakout welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev. Undefeated, with eight wins via finish, Chimaev utterly dominated in his two fights in the UFC – Which took place in the span of just ten days. First he submitted John Phillips, then he TKO’d Rhys McKee, setting a record for the most wins in the shortest time span in the UFC.

Since then, people have become well aware of the Sweden-based Chechen, but he could have made headlines for very different reasons just a few years ago. As it turns out, he wanted to fight Conor McGregor – But not in the cage.


In 2018 McGregor was preparing for his bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov, in a bout the overflowed with bad blood, trash talk and lines being crossed. McGregor said many things of Nurmagomedov’s culture and religion, which incited anger in Chimaev, who tried to fly out to Ireland to set things straight, though he was detained, and forced to return to Sweden.

“Honestly speaking, I wanted to beat him up,” Khamzat Chimaev told reporter Adam Zubayraev of Conor McGregor. “Many people thought I was coming there to help him prepare for Khabib. I was coming there to protect our pride and honor. I was going there for all of us. If that would not have happened, I would have maybe thrown, I don’t know, some object.”


Chimaev has already had time to bring up McGregor’s name since debuting in the UFC, however. Asking to be fed the Irishman as “dessert”.

As of now it’s highly unlikely that Chimaev gets his wish, as McGregor’s future in the UFC is uncertain, though bad blood is certainly something that could cause the biggest star in the sport to return.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for

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