Ronaldo was there to attend at Jennifer Lopez’s birthday at Caesars Palace while McGregor was in Vegas to train for his UFC 202 rematch with Nate Diaz.
While there, Ronaldo and McGregor met up and became close friends.
In fact they were so tight that Ronaldo helped sneak McGregor and Danis into J-Lo’s A-list birthday bash.
McGregor asked Ronaldo ’are we invited?’ to which Ronaldo replied ‘come’. They duly did and got into the party.
Recalling the incident from 2016, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh explained: “That’s just cheeky Conor, a throwback to his youth. He just says: ‘Ah sure I’ll come along.’ And Ronaldo goes: Ehh… OK.’
“We’re all there thinking: ‘How can Ronaldo invite us to this gig? Who’s going to be there?’
“Even in the car as we’re driving in: ‘Wait! This a terrible mistake. We’re going to walk in here and be thrown out by some security guard!’
“We go in and J-Lo catches his eye and comes running over like a schoolgirl: ‘Oh! Conor McGregor! Thank you for coming. Let’s dance!’
“She drags him to the dancefloor and they start dancing and I’m like: ‘Oh, here we go, just another crazy story.’
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“Ronaldo is there. He comes over, tells me that he reads everything (I write) and follows me on Instagram. I’m thinking: ‘Wait until I tell my dad about this!”
Russian Khabib retained his UFC lightweight title with a submission win over McGregor at UFC 229.
But the incident was overshadowed when he jumped out of the cage before leaping feet first at McGregor’s team mate and cornerman Danis.
Three of the Russian’s team were arrested and later released on a black night for a sport that has struggled to win mainstream acceptance for 25 years.
“I saw one of Conor’s guys yelling at Khabib, Khabib ran and jumped over the octagon, went after him. Two of Khabib’s guys got into the octagon, one guy hit Conor with some shots form behind, and that’s it,” UFC boss Dana White told a media conference.
“The Nevada State Athletic Commission pulled the footage from us, there’s an investigation going on. They are withholding Khabib’s purse, they are not withholding Conor’s.
“The way that works is Conor is one of the guys who was attacked. Conor refused to press charges. There were three guys from Khabib’s team arrested, and they were released because Conor didn’t want to press charges.”
After a lengthy delay, Nurmagomedov eventually addressed a media conference at the T-Mobile Arena.
“First of all I want to say sorry to athletic commission Nevada, to Vegas, I know this is not my best side. This is not my best side,” he said.
He went on to complain bitterly about McGregor’s behavior in the lead-up to the fight that exacerbated the bad blood between the two teams.
“He talk about my religion, he talk about my country, he talk about my father, he come to Brooklyn and he broke bus, he almost killed a couple people – what about this?” he asked reporters.