Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear the opinion of one of Ireland’s most famous actors on one of Ireland’s most famous athletes? Well, you’re in luck! In a recent interview with Men’s Health, Liam Neeson shared his thoughts on UFC fighter Connor McGregor – and it wasn’t pretty.
The actor made it clear that he’s not a fan of the UFC, saying, “UFC I can’t stand. That to me is like a bar fight. I know the practitioners are like, ‘no, you’re wrong — the months of training we do…’ Why don’t you just grab a beer bottle and hit the other guy over the head? That’s the next stage of the UFC. I hate it.” He then went on to call out McGregor specifically, saying, “That little leprechaun Conor McGregor, he gives Ireland a bad name. I know he’s fit, and I admire him for that. But I can’t take it.”
McGregor is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world and is the first UFC fighter to hold UFC championships in two weight classes simultaneously. He recently made the jump from UFC athlete to Hollywood action star with a role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Amazon Prime Video’s reimagining of the classic 1980s action movie “Road House.” The project comes from director “The Bourne Identity” and “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman.
Meanwhile, Neeson is currently circling Paramount’s “The Naked Gun” reboot and has upcoming projects including “In the Land of Saints and Sinners” and “Retribution.”
It looks like Liam Neeson and Connor McGregor have very different views on the sport of UFC, with Neeson being a vocal critic of the sport and McGregor being one of its most successful athletes. With McGregor’s Hollywood debut and Neeson’s upcoming projects, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for these two Irish stars.