UFC star Conor McGregor challenges tiger to a wrestling match in Russia

A VIDEO of UFC star Conor McGregor feeding and stroking a tiger in Russia has emerged.

It follows snaps of the Dublin sportsman posing with Russia's President Vladimir Putin at yesterday's World Cup final in which France beat Croatia 4-2.

 Conor McGregor was clearly delighted to meet the tiger

Conor McGregor was clearly delighted to meet the tiger

In the video, one of McGregor's Russian pals asks the Crumlin brawler: "Did you ever wrestle a tiger?"

This prompts McGregor, who turned 30 at the weekend, to joke: "Can I wrestle him?"

But another friend is heard saying: "No, no – no wrestling the tiger."

McGregor then says "I'd actually like to wrestle the tiger" before whipping off his pink T-shirt, revealing his tiger tattoo on his stomach.

 McGregor fed some meat to the giant cat

McGregor fed some meat to the giant cat

McGregor also fed meat to the giant cat.

Yesterday, McGregor posted a photograph of himself with Putin from the World Cup final to his Instagram account, which has 24million followers.

McGregor wrote: “Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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

 The Dublin fighter whipped off his T-shirt to reveal his tiger tattoo

The Dublin fighter whipped off his T-shirt to reveal his tiger tattoo

“Today was an honor for me Mr Putin.

"Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup."

Some fans were outraged by McGregor's actions.

The Putin pictures came just after the UFC star sent a message wishing France’s Paul Pogba luck in the final.

He said on Instagram: “What’s happening, Paul? I just wanted to say best of luck for the World Cup final tomorrow, my brother.”

Pogba is a big fan of the MMA star and has been for some time.

McGregor posted a video on Instagram on Saturday night dropping hints about a possible fight against current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The Notorious had been tipped to take on Khabib before an attack on the Russian’s team bus at UFC 223 put an end to those plans for the time being.

The caption on the video read: “My Russian compound is taking shape.”

The well-produced film shows McGregor travelling through Russia while sitting and laughing in the back of a luxury car.

A VIDEO of UFC star Conor McGregor feeding and stroking a tiger in Russia has emerged.