Vladimir Putin tested Conor McGregor’s whiskey for poison before drinking it

Vladimir Putin doesn't trust anyone or anything – not even Conor McGregor and his own brand whiskey.

Putin, the despotic leader who invaded Ukraine without reason last month, met McGregor during the 2018 World Cup held in Russia.

During their brief liaison, the Notorious offered the Russian premier a bottle of his Proper Twelve whiskey as a gift.

But security were quick to swoop in and get their hands on the booze before checking it for any poisonous ingredients.

"Many people don't know, the very first bottle of Proper Twelve Irish whiskey, I gifted to Vladimir Putin," McGregor told a press conference in Russia in 2019.

"President Putin's security detail is second to none as I'm sure you know, you don't mess around with Vladimir.

"So, I gifted the bottle and I gifted it to his security.

"They had to take the liquid from the bottle to make sure the liquid was safe and it was not maybe poisoned or what not and then it was gifted to Vladimir Putin."

McGregor added that he wasn't able to have a drink with the president, saying: "I haven't got to speak to him since to see what he thought of it, although I'm sure he did have a taste and I'm sure he enjoyed it."

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The Irishman was in Russia to promote his whiskey, as well as to announce plans for his UFC comeback.

McGregor did indeed return to the octagon later that year, losing to Dagestan fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov.

He's now on the comeback trail once again, albeit for different reasons this time around.

The Notorious has been out of action since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier in their trilogy fight last summer.

McGregor is closing in on his comeback, and he's been busy in other areas, too – announcing his intention to launch a bid for Chelsea Football Club as Roman Abramovich looks to sell the Premier League giants.

The Irishman reaffirmed his interest in the Blues on Sunday, tweeting: "I do not speak in jest. I am exploring this, as I said. Celtic from Dermot Desmond, Manchester United from the Glaziers, and now the recently up for sale Chelsea football club. All being explored. A football franchise purchase is in my future make no mistake about it."

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