CRISTIANO RONALDO backed Khabib Nurmagomedov to 'of course' beat Justin Gaethje at UFC 254.
Unbeaten Khabib headlines Fight Island next weekend against interim champion Gaethje in a lightweight unification.
Juventus forward Ronaldo, 35, was asked to predict the outcome of the title fight.
And the Portugal icon – currently self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus – has tipped Nurmagomedov, 32, to retain his crown.
Ronaldo answered: "Of course, of course, Khabib is going to win!
"My brother! Inshallah!"
The two mega-stars perviously met in 2018, and Nurmagomedov posed with Ronaldo, holding up a Real Madrid jersey.
Ronaldo is a UFC fan, and previously trained with Russian Khabib's former opponent and rival Conor McGregor, 32.
McGregor and the five-time Ballon d'Or met up in Las Vegas in 2016.
Ronaldo then invited the Irishman and his trainer John Kavanagh to Jennifer Lopez's party.
Kavanagh Irish Independant: "We're all there thinking: 'How can Ronaldo invite us to this gig? Who's going to be there?'
"Even in the car as we're driving in: 'Wait! This a terrible mistake. We're going to walk in here and be thrown out by some security guard!'
"We go in and J-Lo catches his [McGregor's] eye and comes running over like a schoolgirl: "Oh! Conor McGregor! Thank you for coming. Let's dance!"
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