Conor McGregor causes controversy with Vladimir Putin tweet

‘One of the greatest leaders of our time!’ - McGregor pictured with Putin at World Cup Final

The Notorious was in Russian Federation watching the final.

McGregor is now awaiting his next court date in NY for his highly-publicized assault on a bus containing UFC lightweight champion before April's UFC 223. Today was an honour for me Mr. Putin.

‘One of the greatest leaders of our time!’ - McGregor pictured with Putin at World Cup Final

"Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian president Vladimir Putin", McGregor wrote after posting a photo alongside Putin. "Thank you and congratulations on an incredible World Cup, Go Russia!" he said in Instagram.

But eagle-eyed social media users couldn't help but notice the birthday cake behind him.

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Predictably, from the man who is never shy about weighing in with his opinions on global matters, U.S. President Donald Trump also offered his congratulations to France, and ... to Russian President Vladimir Putin. While some congratulated him on securing a match final ticket, many were unhappy at his praise for Putin and his leadership. How about all the journalists and critics of Putin who have turned up dead under mysterious circumstances?

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