Liam Neeson, the beloved action movie star, recently shared his thoughts on UFC fighter and fellow Irishman Conor McGregor in an interview with Men’s Health Magazine. The 70-year-old actor, who is best known for his roles in action movies like “Taken” and “Batman Begins”, had some harsh words for the 34-year-old former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight champion. Neeson referred to the fighter as a “little leprechaun” and said, “He gives Ireland a bad name.”
The Qui-Gon Jinn actor had been asked by a fan if he was a “huge fan of boxing,” a sport he participated in at the amateur level from nine- to 17-years old. Neeson responded to the question about UFC by saying, “UFC, I can’t stand. That, to me, is like a bar fight. And I know practitioners are always like, ‘no, you’re wrong! The amount 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 from UFC! I f*cking hate it.”
McGregor, who goes by the nickname “notorious,” has been known for his trash talk, which included some of his choicer remarks leading up to a matchup with boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in 2017. He was also not alone in stirring racial controversy as Neeson had taken some heat in 2019 for opening up about his reaction to learning a loved one had been raped by a black man.
In the interview Neeson seemed to anticipate the response he might receive when traveling through his homeland, “Next time I come in a Dublin Airport, ‘Neeson! We’ll f*cking show you!’” As for McGregor, at the time of this post, he had offered no direct reaction, but he had posted to social media, “Irish proud – always.”
The opinionated interview between action star Liam Neeson and UFC fighter Conor McGregor has been making waves in the media. Neeson had some harsh words for the “little leprechaun” and said, “He gives Ireland a bad name.” The actor also shared his thoughts on the sport of UFC, saying, “That, to me, is like a bar fight.” McGregor, who goes by the nickname “notorious,” has been known for his trash talk, and Neeson had taken some heat in 2019 for opening up about his reaction to learning a loved one had been raped by a black man. Reactions to the interview have been mixed, with some people agreeing with Neeson and others criticizing him for his past comments. Despite the controversy, McGregor’s response has been simply, “Irish proud – always.”