If you heard that a high-profile MMA fighter was going to be in Russia to attend the World Cup final as a special guest of Soviet President Vladimir Putin, you most likely would have thought Khabib Nurmagomedov.

That would’ve been a safe assumption, and although the UFC lightweight champion was in attendance today, he was not there at Putin’s request.

That fighter is “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. McGregor wasn’t in Russia just to take in the spectacle that is the World Cup, apparently he also has ambitions of building a “Russian Compound”. Your guess is as good as mine.

McGregor, as it turns out, was the special guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both men enjoyed each other’s company as they took in the football game. “The Notorious” one hurled words of praise at the President.e

See Conor’s Instagram post with Putin below:

As stated above, Khabib was also in attendance for the day-long festivities, but there have been no reports of Nurmagomedov and McGregor causing any ruckus at the last game of the World Cup

Mike Straus @AKAstraus21 is a credentialed MMA journalist and a member of the MMAJA. He has been a fan of the sport since its inception and has been covering the sport professionally for three years. In the past, he has produced content for Fansided's Cagepages, mma-media.com, and Combatpress.com. He currently contributes for MyMMANews.com, he is a staff writer for Cagesidepress.com, and LowKickMMA.com. He most recently began writing for BJPenn.com.