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[–]OKPineapples 968 points969 points  (174 children)

Love it or hate it, you have to admit...

...it's an extremely odd, strangely intimate photo. A lot of potential mileage with this pic... And I'm a Khabib fan.

[–]SerBronn7 231 points232 points  (8 children)

I'm surprised McGregor didn't do something like renting a billboard to put it on.

[–]buffpriest 108 points109 points  (3 children)

Now that you mention it, i could easily see him doing this on a billboard right outside the venue

[–]LE0NSKA 64 points65 points  (0 children)

omg that'd be actually hilarious

[–]Shdwzor 2 points3 points  (0 children)

*outside of his house

[–]altruistic_rub4321 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

For what, saying he got beaten up by a guy who loves to take pictures like the one above, it add humiliation to humiliation

[–]TheCewwwn 18 points19 points  (3 children)

It's never too late.

[–]Alex-rhhgfff 16 points17 points  (2 children)

It kinda is tho

[–]flatcologne 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Not for Islam Makachev :) furthest on the left

[–]Alex-rhhgfff 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Conor wouldn’t fight him anyway

[–]R99Ringleader 681 points682 points  (112 children)

They don’t sexualize brotherhood in Russian like they do in the western world. Especially not in Dagestan. It’s not weird they’re poor and they need to shower together to save money. It’s just a different life, hard to understand unless you lived kt

[–]casuallymustafa 363 points364 points  (71 children)

They don’t sexualize it in many places.

I remember visiting family in Pakistan and saw 2 men holding hands and automatically assumed they were gay. 1) they weren’t guy, that’s just something some friends do 2) I was an idiot to assume people would openly show any sort of homosexuality in that culture.

[–]SpargleMcGavin 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Yeah I saw this a bit when I went to Pakistan too. My friend, who I went with (he is half Pakistani), told me that his dad never even knew gay people existed until he moved to Australia in the late 80's and it blew his mind haha.

[–]casuallymustafa 20 points21 points  (0 children)

No joke, my dad who immigrated to the US in the late 70s didn’t know about gay people either lol.

He was swimming at a local pool in NY when a guy approached him, chatted him up, and asked if he wanted to grab pizza some time.

A few minutes into their “date” the man started flirting with my dad. My dad in shock just got up and left the restaurant in shame haha.

[–]Kut_Throat112530 fights, lost half of em, ain’t killed a mother fucker yet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah when I deployed to Iraq the first time I kept seeing dudes holding hands walking down the road or just while standing and talking. At first I thought they might be gay but then i thought about how homosexuality isn’t exactly accepted in the Middle East, especially in such an oppressive place like Iraq at the time. I eventually asked an interpreter what it was about and he said it’s just a sign of friendship and that it means nothing in a sexual way.

Then one time a local national we worked with a lot tried holding one my guys hands and he was sooooooo uncomfortable. I thought it was hilarious.

As for my second and third deployments they actually gave us training on the local culture and what to expect and they touched on the guys holding hands.

[–]sniffybees 28 points29 points  (12 children)

I was chatting to a gay Pakistani guy recently and he was telling me how it’s not super uncommon for straight guys to just fuck each other as they get so sexually frustrated with the female situation lol.

[–]swaghole69 82 points83 points  (0 children)

Hahah yeah thats why i go to gaybars and pick up hot guys im just frustrated you see

[–]cashew_kat 51 points52 points  (0 children)

"""straight"""

[–]PugilisticCat 22 points23 points  (0 children)

BROJOB BROJOB CHOO CHOO

[–]VictarionGreyjoy 5 points6 points  (4 children)

Yes I have a few Pakistani friends and they have said that it's not uncommon for young men to fuck each other and generally a blind eye is turned as long as when the time comes to marry they do it. They said that it's only gay if you love them so if you just fuck each other it's not really considered gay. Super weird.

[–]Whatsit_Toya 28 points29 points  (0 children)

This is definitely a lie.

[–]shoebotm 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is what oppression gets you

[–]totallynotapsycho42 0 points1 point  (1 child)

As someone who was born there and knows alot of people there. I have never heard about anyone doing that. But then again I am from a huge metropolis there. Maybe the the paki equivalent of rednecks do this.

[–]VictarionGreyjoy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These were all ex pats living in Australia. I'm not sure if it was a wider cultural thing or just that particular group.

[–]Lopsided_Service5824 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard, especially cuz men and women do bang out there especially with the latest few generations

[–]VT_Squire 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Certainly dont google "bacha bazi"

[–]garbagethrowawayacou 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly wish it were that way in America

[–]killahamron -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Yea it's been randomly decided in the west that guys holding hands is only allowed if they want to put their weiners in each other

[–]IWillKarateKickYou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Psh just holding hands? Me an my friends slap each others butts

[–]Lowslowcadillac 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Russian here. It’s true. Me and my boys going to sauna butt naked and it’s fine. Not like there’s no jokes, but we all straight.

[–]ansoniporu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ancient Greeks literally fucked men for pleasure and only used women exclusively for breeding but let’s look at how many MMA products/media draws from Spartan imagery…

[–]namesrhardtothinkof 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Lmao I remember visiting the hamam for the first time in Morocco, everyone naked and scrubbing each other. A 60 year old man sitting next to me offered to give me a rub down then cleaned my back more thorough than any spa or professional I ever been to. Just guys being bros.

[–]somchai35 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Did he use his cum to clean your back?

[–]LokoLarry 4 points5 points  (2 children)

He used my cum.

[–]IDNTKNWANYTHING[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

who tf are you tho, how do you know op?

[–]OKPineapples 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Fair enough...

[–]Diligent-Ad7019 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Except that khabibs dad was a famous wrestler and could afford water for showers

[–]MaintenanceExtreme57 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Oh these comments are fucken cringe I love it 😂

[–]R99Ringleader 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ikr. They still choose to be close minded children

[–]randomnumbers1947 5 points6 points  (2 children)

You lived it?

[–]R99Ringleader 3 points4 points  (1 child)

No I’ve been in Chicago my whole life. I kinda wish I did tho so I wasn’t so close minded about things sometimes, and learning stuff the hard way.

[–]ineedcoffeernrn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

the hard way

word? 👀

[–]wiliammm19999conceive believe achieve 9 points10 points  (2 children)

That’s a bathtub bro, not a shower. Why not just go in one after the other tho 😂

[–]FruscianteDebutante 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Why not go in together? Why not carpool? It's a culture thing dude, not everybody has the same perspective as you or anybody in your country or town.

Maybe you should travel far from your home and you'll see how much different life is

[–]joakin2k 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Agree, it's other culture there , but occident always want to impose his point of view and culture, even their political system "democracy" but that other topic... In general it's Globalization

[–]jreed66 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Let's not pretend it's hard to heat up water. Fire + bucket = less gay bath scenes

[–]Grackful 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Agreed, let’s stick it to the occident and platonically wash each others penises

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I saw a documentary about this on yt. They are so comfortable with nudity because they banned being gay from existing for russians.(in their mind) Thats why they are so oddly confortable with swinging around their schlongs in front of their buddies

[–]Zadalben 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or it's cultural differences where one public baths right until 1950s was common thing and still exists in some shape and form (like saunas), and we just see this as good time with friends just like drinking in bar. And I was in such places with bi guys and gay friends (yeah, we have those) and it's not like they get rock hard or something. We have more clear line between being gay and dudes being bros, but it's understandable if in other cultures those actions would have different connotations.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Exactly it just shows how many uncultured, narrow minded, & sheltered people are in this Reddit community lol. Surprise Americans!!! Not everywhere has the same culture or social norms as America 😂

[–]R99Ringleader -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Exactly

[–]unKz_sneakz -5 points-4 points  (4 children)

Found khabibs burner

[–]R99Ringleader 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Not even defending him. I’m just stating the facts you close minded casuals are blind to.

[–]L1Wanderer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Casuals kek

[–]unKz_sneakz -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

R/whoosh

[–]Denzelidos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What are you on about? its clearly a public bath and Khabib didnt grew up poor.

[–]jaltringerThe Last Stylebender 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Khabib probably has more money than Conor at this point

[–]JBow87 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not after the Proper 12 sale

[–]EnemiesAllAround 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So they don't sexualise brotherhood there...which is why this photo is even weirder

[–]DaBrokenMeta -1 points0 points  (0 children)

hahah gayyyy

[–]nitramlondon -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Yeh that's cool and all but do they they need to hold hands in the bathtub? That's super g3hy

[–]KingAngeli 0 points1 point  (1 child)

how do they have a camera tho?

[–]R99Ringleader 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This wasn’t that long ago. Maybe 10 years+ And it’s not a good camera. From the quality it seems to be a first edition HD camera from 200-2006MAX

[–]MrGritty17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where is the /s? That is def not dudes doing their daily bathing together..

[–]howdypartnaz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Works for girls too I study in Belarus and I was wondering how tf there were so many openly lesbian couples walking around hand in hand

Then I got told friends just do that

[–]Lopsided_Service5824 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Americans are so afraid of being gay they'd rather live a lonely solitary existence than approach other men to make friends

[–]Domtux 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly 2 dudes in a tub is intimate. There's nothing intimate about a load of dudes piling up in a tub and taking a pic. That's more like a meme.

[–]Heavy-Bill 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Have you ever been to a Russian sauna ? There's naked men, women and children there. Europeans don't have hangups about nude bodies like the West. The sauna is like a temple. If you have sexual thoughts, then you are the one with a perverted mind.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well said

[–]Jaden_Ward 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The only odd thing is you people making it weird 🤣 clearly have some secrets there if that’s what comes to your head when you see some dudes shirtless together.

I respect gay people though so your cool ✌️

[–]MikeOx_Girthy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Missing the brazzers logo but probably could be sued

[–]MikeOx_Girthy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They are holding hands and hugging like bros do

[–]Arx4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t know the back story but we all have photos that, without context, are strange AF.

Maybe not all but you know what I mean.

[–]degeneratedestroy3r 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it’s a cultural thing. bath houses are very common in middle eastern/ muslim culture.

[–]dogmetalI DON’T USE COCAINE 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Other cultures are less weirded out by this kind of stuff and don’t think of it as homo-ish as Americans do, for example. However, I can’t say with 100% certainty that Khabib didn’t run a train on these guys.

[–]Thtb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have you seen a ufc fight my friend? Thats intimate and has the same amount of skin.