Conor McGregor has been advised to hide while is on UFC Fight Island next month.
The Irishman will return to the cage against Dustin Poirier in his first fight for a year.
But he has been warned be faces an altercation should he come across Khamzat Chimaev who shares a manager with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov have a bitter rivalry which was settled in the Octagon two years ago.
But the Dubliner’s pre-fight trash talk upset the Dagestan native – and his teammates.
And Chimaev, who will also be on Fight Island preparing for his clash with Brit Leon Edwards, has not forgotten McGregor’s antics.
“If I see him on Fight Island, something will definitely happen,” he said.
“The UFC needs to hide him.”
Chimaev is one of the UFC’s rising stars and can enhance his reputation with a win over Edwards.
And the Swede previously flew to Dublin in search of McGregor in a bid to teach him a lesson in respect.
But he was detained at the airport and was unable to lay his eyes – or his hands – on the former two-weight champion.
“Honestly speaking, I wanted to beat him up,” Chimaev added.
“Many people thought I was coming there to help him prepare for Khabib [but] I was coming there to protect our pride and honour; I was going there for all of us.
“If that would not have happened, I would have maybe thrown, I don’t know, some object.
“I think I was able to stand for myself.”
McGregor and Poirier will headline UFC 257 on January 23 with the winner in pole position for a lightweight title shot.
Nurmagomedov still holds the belt despite announcing his retirement from mixed martial arts following his win over Justin Gaethje in October.
Nurmagomedov will hold talks with UFC president Dana White next month in a bid to resolve his future.