Fury at MMA star Conor McGregor as he PRAISES Putin as ‘one of the greatest leaders of our time’ and poses with him during World Cup Final 

Fury at MMA star Conor McGregor as he PRAISES Putin as ‘one of the greatest leaders of our time’ and poses with him during World Cup Final

By George Martin For Mailonline

15:14 EDT 15 Jul 2018, updated 16:42 EDT 15 Jul 2018

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• The fighter was pictured posing with the Russian President before the match  

• McGregor was in the stands at the same time as rival Khabib Nurmagomedov

• He called Putin the ‘one of the greatest leaders of our time’ in an Instagram post

• Photos of him and Putin sparked outrage on social media after they were posted

MMA fighter Conor McGregor has sparked outraged after labelling Vladimir Putin ‘one of the greatest leaders of our time’ after meeting him at the World Cup Final.

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McGregor posted the inflammatory photo to his 24 million Instagram followers on Sunday showing him posing with the Russian top dog ahead of kick off at the Luzhniki Stadium.

In the photo’s caption, the multi-millionaire fighter said he was ‘honored to attend the event’ and said he had been invited as Putin’s personal guest.

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McGregor posted a picture of him posing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of kick off

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The MMA star said it was an ‘honor’ to attend the event with Putin and called him ‘one of the greatest leaders of our time’

‘Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin,’ McGregor wrote on Instagram.

‘This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him.

‘Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup.’

But his antics didn’t go down all that well on social media, as several online commentators blasted him for accepting the invitation.

‘Further proof Conor McGregor is a complete clown. Great at fighting , should keep his big mouth shut,’ one Twitter user wrote.

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McGregor was pictured leaning over a balcony accompanied by security during the final

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Photos showed him laughing at half time as he took in the atmosphere during the match at the Luzhniki

Casting aspersions on his claim that Putin was the ‘greatest’, Trent Reinsmith wrote: ‘Next person to interview McGregor needs to ask him how he arrived at this opinion.’

While Stuart Henderson tweeted: ‘What is Conor ‘gangsta’ McGregor playing at?’

‘Jesus Conor, really?’ another Twitter commentator said.

And Rob Wright, making reference to comedian Sasha Baron Cohen’s spoof interviews, added: ‘Really hoping that Conor McGregor turns out to be Sasha Baron Cohen playing the long con, because nothing else makes sense anymore.’

McGregor was at the stadium at the same time as UFC rival Khabib Nurmagomedovm, who he is rumoured to be arranging a fight with.

Current UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedovm could meet McGregor in Las Vegas in October if he is cleared of charges regarding an indident in April during which he threw a barrier at a bus carrying UFC fighters.

Earlier on Sunday, McGregor hinted that a fight with Nurmagomedov was moving closer when he tweeted a video of himself in a car with the caption, ‘My Russian compound is taking shape.’

McGregor has not fought in the UFC since he beat Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.

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Social media users were less than impressed with McGregor’s antics, launching a tirade of angry tweets after the photos emerged

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