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Liam Neeson Bashes 'Little Leprechaun' UFC Fighter Conor McGregor For Giving Ireland A 'Bad Name'

The 'Taken' actor made it clear to 'Men's Health' that he's no fan of ultimate fighting.

Liam Neeson; Connor McGregor
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*The following article contains discussion of sexual assault.

Last week, Liam Neeson sat down with Men's Health to discuss his new film Marlowe and to also "answer some internet questions."

The questions ranged from his particular set of skills to his diet and Star Warsand beyond, to which Neeson responded honestly and bluntly ("I eat food.") And the straight shooter did not hold back on sharing his feelings about ultimate fighting nor expressing his thoughts on Irish fighter Conor McGregor.

He told Joshua St. Clair:

"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...'"

He continued:

"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..."

Then, Neeson unloaded on McGregor:

"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."

McGregor is not a favorite to many as he is known for his unchecked ego and for vilely running his mouth. He was also charged for assault in 2018 and accused of rape the same year.

Twitter, of course, weighed in.

A few called out Neeson for shaming fighting while getting massively paid for portraying violence in his films.

The majority, however, sided with Neeson on this one.

Well, you won't be seeing Neeson in the octagon any time soon, but you can catch him in Marlowe beginning February 15.

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