2022 – Ukrainian President Zelensky is reported to have criticized Conor McGregor for praising the former UFC champion for Putin.

Zelensky reportedly criticized MacGregor for meeting Putin.

  • Volodymyr Zelensky is said to have criticized Conor McGregor over his meeting with Vladimir Putin four years ago.
  • McGregor embraced the former UFC champion and paid tribute to the Russian president at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
  • Zelensky felt McGregor “doesn’t support Ukraine,” according to a politician who interviewed Zelensky.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has reportedly criticized Conor McGregor because the former UFC champion paid tribute to Russian President Vladimir Putin four years ago. According to the Irish Independent.

During a 45-minute meeting in Kyiv over the weekend, Irish politicians Sean Virgil and Mark Daly met with President Zelensky to endorse Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union and Ireland’s support for Ukraine in its war against the Russian invasion.

Daly told The Independent the Ukrainian president feels McGregor, a former fan of him, does not “support” Ukraine because he has praised Putin in the past.

In 2018, McGregor was seen on video shaking hands and hugging Putin at the World Cup Final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

In an Instagram post that appears to have since been removed from the platform, MacGregor said he was invited to the event as a guest of Putin. Commenting on the post, McGregor wrote of Putin: “This man is one of the greatest leaders of our country at the time and it was a great honor to be part of this groundbreaking event with him.”

The Independent reported that a representative for McGregor said the photo was “years ago” and that the fighter was “taking pictures with promoters”.

Referring to Zelensky’s comment, Daly told The Independent: “This guy is at war but knows what’s happening all over the world, including in Ireland.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and in the ensuing months more than 12 million people were displaced as several cities in the country were bombed. The United Nations says more than 3,000 civilians have been killed there.

Meanwhile, McGregor continues to recover from a broken leg he suffered in the first round of his second straight loss at UFC 264 to Dustin Poirier in 2021.

The 33-year-old was rumored to be in charge of International Fight Week in July, but according to UFC President Dana White, his return has been pushed back to later this year.

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