Liam Neeson brands Conor McGregor a ‘little leprechaun’ and claims the UFC fighter ‘gives Ireland a bad name’ in bizarre rant
Liam Neeson launched into a bizarre rant aimed at Conor McGregor while giving his thoughts of UFC fighting.
Although the 70-year-old actor is believed to have never met the MMA fighter, 34, he revealed he had some very strong opinions about his fellow Irishman.
He went as far as to claim that Conor ‘gave Ireland a bad name’, and mockingly referred to the 5′ 9″ athlete as a ‘little leprechaun’.
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…’
‘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.’
Fighting talk! Liam Neeson branded Conor McGregor a ‘little leprechaun’ and claimed the UFC fighter ‘gives Ireland a bad name’ in a bizarre unprovoked rant
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.’
MailOnline has contacted Conor’s representatives for comment.
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.
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.
Hit out: 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