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Gareth Fullerton

Liam Neeson labels Conor McGregor a 'little leprechaun' in bizarre rant

County Antrim movie star Liam Neeson has labelled Conor McGregor a "little leprechaun" in a bizarre rant at the Dubliner and MMA fighting.

The Taken star, 70, claimed McGregor was "giving Ireland a bad name" despite the pair never having met before.

Neeson was speaking in an interview with Men's Health, where he was asked if he watched McGregor or MMA fighting.

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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.

The Ballymena actor added: "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 Neeson (Image: Getty Images)

McGregor appeared to respond to Neeson on Twitter on Friday night, without launching into a potential celebrity feud with the 70-year-old.

He simply said: 'Irish proud - always.' along with an Irish flag emoji.

In December McGregor became embroiled in a spat with not only PJ Gallagher but also Paul McGrath.


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