Conor McGregor took to Twitter to respond to Liam Neeson, after the Irish actor branded him a ‘little leprechaun’.
The UFC fighter, 34, spoke out after the Hollywood star, 70, said he was ‘[giving] Ireland a bad name’ – despite the pair never having met.
The MMA champion, who is known to enjoy a social media slinging match, took the high road in his response to the Taken star on Friday night.
Conor kept his caption short and did not tag or address Liam in his response.
He simply wrote: ‘Irish proud – always.’ along with an Irish flag emoji.
Round Two: Conor McGregor, 34, took to Twitter to respond to actor Liam Neeson’s digs at the boxer, including him ‘a little leprechaun’
One follower commented on this post: ‘We [are] proud of you !’
Although many of his fans showed support, several make it clear their alliances stood with the Hollywood actor.
Some even went as far to support him a fictional brawl with the fighter, despite his lack of training.
One tweet read: ‘Liam’s the man.’
Another wrote: ‘Very much here for Liam dragging “little leprechaun” Connor McGregor (also my money’s on Liam in a brawl).’
Others simply decided to stoke the fire, posting gifs of Liam underneath the post.
Liam launched into the bizarre rant aimed at Conor while giving his thoughts of UFC fighting, earlier this week.
Asked by Men’s Health for his thoughts on the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Liam responded: ‘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…’
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‘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.’
Calling out Conor directly, he continued: ‘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.’
Liam has a history of getting himself into trouble in interviews.
The Schindler’s List star was branded ‘racist’ following a 2019 interview where he revealed he had spent a week prowling the streets with a cosh to murder a black man 40 years ago, when he learned a loved one had allegedly been raped while he was overseas.
During a chat with the Independent to promote his new film Cold Pursuit, the actor described how he walked the streets looking for a ‘black b*****d’ to kill in a misguided attempt at revenge.
Following a worldwide backlash, Liam appeared on Good Morning America in February to insist he is not a racist and revealed he had sought help from a Catholic priest after the incident.
Twitter erupts: Fans of the fighter and the actor showed supported for both parties, with some fans even betting who would win a fictional brawl between the pair
He later issued a public apology, in which he said ‘the comments I made do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me, they were hurtful and divisive. I profoundly apologize.’
Meanwhile, Conor has been a name on a lot of lips this week, with both Charles Oliveira and Jorge Masvidal taking a swipe at him in recent days.
Charles hit out at Conor for ‘chickening out’ and cherry picking his fights, claiming he no longer wants to challenge himself and only takes fights he thinks he can win.
Meanwhile, Jorge claimed Conor is avoiding a fight with him out of fear that defeat would be ‘bad for his brand’.
It comes as Conor continues to recover from being hit by a car while cycling, although he was seemingly lucky to escape with just a cut.
Filming after the accident, the champion mixed martial artist appeared breathless and shaken, telling the driver ‘I could have been dead’, but adding to the driver, ‘all good mate’.
Accident: It comes as Conor continues to recover from being hit by a car while cycling, although he was seemingly lucky to escape with just a cut