“That little leprechaun”: Liam Neeson Hates UFC Star Conor McGregor For Giving A Bad Name To Ireland Despite Himself Being Embroiled In Racist Controversy

Liam Neeson Hates UFC Star Conor McGregor For Giving A Bad Name To Ireland Despite Himself Being Embroiled In Racist Controversy
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The beauty of combat sports is the ability of a fighter to put everything on the line to be hailed as the champion, which also means receiving fame and fortune as a by-product. And along with that, it means people will come for your title, which UFC champion Conor McGregor doesn’t mind at all as he loves to make enemies.

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

And while he may have made many enemies in the business with his iconic trash-talking skills, he has managed to defeat most of them in the ring with his combat abilities. But when it comes to the world outside the UFC, he also has many that don’t like him all the much, one of them being none other than Liam Neeson, who hates him for making his home country of Ireland look bad.

Liam Neeson Dislikes Conor McGregor For Giving Ireland A Bad Image

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson

Known as the face that runs the UFC by consistently giving sold-out arenas for every single one of his fights, Conor McGregor is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in sports combat history. And not only for his popularity but also for his accolades in the business, one of which is the fact that he’s the first and only fighter to hold two championships from different weight classes at the same time. But while he may have a large and loyal fanbase, some people don’t like him at all, like Irish actor Liam Neeson.


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In a past interview, the Batman Begins star talked about burning questions that people had about him and things that he thinks about many things. One of these questions happened to be about the UFC, seeing that he is hailed as one of the best action stars in the industry, and also about McGeregor since both of them are natives of Ireland. The actor came in with a hot take, saying that he feels that the UFC is nothing more than a glorified bar fight while calling out the champion for ruining his home country’s image in front of the world. He said:

“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…. 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.”

While he may feel like the way McGregor acts is unbecoming of an Irishman, he was himself caught in a racist controversy once.


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What Controversy Was Liam Neeson Caught In?

Liam Neeson as Ra's Al Ghul in a still from Batman Begins
Liam Neeson as Ra’s Al Ghul in a still from Batman Begins

The controversy that the star found himself in stemmed from a trauma that he was going through. In the past, he confessed that he wanted to kill a black man, no matter who he was because one of his family members was tragically r-ped by one. When he heard about this, he was enraged to the point that he couldn’t see reason, and wanted to exact revenge in any way possible. He said when he came to his senses, he felt very ashamed and apologized publically, which managed to cause outrage in the public.

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Source: Men’s Health


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