UFC star Khamzat Chimaev claims he travelled to Ireland to “beat up” Conor McGregor – only to be detained by police and dumped in a cell.
Welterweight Swedish ace Chimaev, 26, won two fights in 10 days on Fight Island as he broke out in the pro ranks.
But he nearly got a taste of a bout against one of the sport’s biggest stars when he tried to track down McGregor after he insulted Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Chimaev saw red in the build up to McGregor’s UFC 229 bout against Khabib – who recently lost his father – in October 2018.
He was going to pretend to be travelling to Ireland to help McGregor, when really his intention was to batter him.
McGregor recently claimed he was drinking whiskey “all bleeding week” in the build up to that defeat.
Speaking about the incident, Chimaev said: “At that time, I was fighting as an amateur or a pro record of 1-0 when that happened.
“I don’t remember his name, but he told us he knocked him out in a sparring session.
“My mind was blowing up at the moment, but I’m living here very close to him.
“I was thinking that I would catch him in the streets or at the gym and beat him up. This is what he deserved.”
Chimaev was reportedly stopped in the airport a first time before being allowed to continue.
But he was then stopped a second time, jailed and told to go back to Sweden.
The fighter explained: “es, I landed in Ireland and waited in an airport. First, they stopped me a while, and then slightly they told me to go. Then I was going out. When I was going out from the airport, they stopped me again.
“That time, there were guys literally in uniform… Yes, there were (special forces), and they told me, ‘You cannot go anywhere.’
“But I didn’t get what they meant. At that time, my English was very bad. Even right now, it’s not that good… They drove me to the police station and kept me for eight hours.
“No, there wasn’t any interrogation at all. I was just kept in a cell. I waited for maybe eight or nine hours. I was doing push-ups and squats. They didn’t even bring me food. Then after a while, they told me, ‘You have to go back to Sweden.’
“They continued, ‘We’ll bring you back to the airport where the plane is waiting for you’. They brought me back to airport and sent me back home.
“Honestly speaking, I wanted to beat him up.
“Many people thought I was coming there to help him to 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.
“I think I was able to stand for myself.”