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Liam Neeson ‘can’t stand’ UFC and MMA, rips ‘leprechaun’ McGregor

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“UFC, I can’t stand. That, to me, is like a bar fight.”

In 2023, you’d think that the rest of the world has accepted mixed martial arts as a legitimate mainstream sport. But then you have those like Hollywood A-Lister Liam Neeson, who still embodies a rather old-school mindset like it was still 1993.

Neeson recently did a Q&A for Men’s Health where he addressed some fan questions, one of them about MMA. Here was his response:

“UFC, I can’t stand. That, to me, is like a bar fight. I know all the practitioners would 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? That’s the next stage from UFC. I hate it.”

He also had the same unflattering words for fellow Irishman Conor McGregor.

“That little leprechaun, Conor McGregor… oh please. He gives Ireland a bad name. I know he’s fit, and I admire him for that. But, I can’t take it.

“Next time I come in at Dublin Airport… ‘Neeson! I’ll f—ng show you!’”

The 70-year-old Neeson does have a boxing background. As he stated in this 2014 interview, he began training at the age of nine and “won a few titles” before deciding to quit the sport at 17 to focus more on amateur drama.

As for McGregor, he is slated for a return sometime in 2023 against Michael Chandler, whom he is coaching against in the upcoming 31st season of the Ultimate Fighter. However, he has yet to re-enroll himself in the USADA testing pool.


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