Action movie star Liam Neeson is expressing his disdain for the UFC and for Conor McGregor.
The UFC is not everyone’s cup of tea. Over the past twenty years, mixed martial arts has evolved from a no-holds-barred, no-rules fighting spectacle to the MMA that we see today. It is one of the most popular sports in the world and the athletes in the UFC and other MMA organizations are increasingly growing in popularity. The most popular MMA fighter at this time is Conor McGregor and people seem to either love him or hate him.
With the increase in fame McGregor and the sport has seen, the crossover between fighting and Hollywood has become blended. Fans are seeing more celebrities utilizing mixed martial arts training in their preparation for movie and TV roles. MMA fighters, including McGregor, are now starring in films as well. However, not all celebrities are on board with the growth of the sport of MMA.
Liam Neeson goes on a rant about the UFC and Conor McGregor
In a recent interview with Men’s Health, actor Liam Neeson was asked if he watches the UFC and if he is a fan of Conor McGregor, but he did not hold back in his answer.
“UFC I can’t stand it. That to me is like a bar fight and I know the practitioners all say, ‘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?” he said. “That’s the next stage from UFC. I hate it.”
Neeson was born in Northern Ireland but that did not hold any sentimental value when discussing the most popular fighter from Irlenad, Conor McGregor.
“That little leprechaun, Conor McGregor, oh, please. He gives Ireland a bad name,” he said “I know he’s fit and I admire him for that, but I can’t take it. Next time I come in the Dublin Airport, (mockingly) ‘Neeson, I’ll show you.”
McGregor has been accused of singlehandedly putting Ireland on the map in terms of representation in MMA. However, it was been said many times before that many people in Ireland or not big fans of his. Although he was the first-ever fighter from there to win a UFC title, he has been in trouble with the law many times and is not exactly a good role model or representation of the sport or his country. On the other hand, McGregor does a lot to support the people of his home country. He gives back to first responders quite often, has sponsored the Irish youth MMA team, and has helped in the building of houses for homeless individuals in Dublin.