Conor McGregor has plenty of fans. And you can count British musician Noel Gallagher among them.
The singer-songwriter, who used to front the Manchester-formed rock band Oasis with his now-estranged brother Liam, said he first became aware of McGregor while touring in Ireland and has been a fan of him ever since.
In particular, Gallagher said he loves the trash talking McGregor brings to the game when he’s building a fight.
“I was first aware of him when we were on tour in Ireland,” Gallagher said today on “The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show” podcast on Absolute Radio in the United Kingdom. “We had a night off, and we went to a pub one night in Cork. The pub was mobbed. … If he’s on, I’ll watch it the next day (on) repeat. … He’s a dude. He’s an absolute dude. He makes me cry laughing when he’s (trash talking).”
McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) is the UFC’s lightweight champion and only concurrent two-division champ in UFC history. In August, he made his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather and made it to the 10th round before losing by TKO, outlasting many analysts’ expectations.
Gallagher said he watched the fight after attending the wedding of actor Russell Brand and Kristy Gallacher in England.
“I was at Russell Brand’s wedding that day,” Gallagher said. “Russell kicked us all out at midnight … we came back to London … and then as it was going on, I’m thinking, ‘It’s taking him 10 rounds! It’s unbelievable.’ I was willing him to win – not that I don’t like Floyd Mayweather. I love Floyd Mayweather, and we can all look back in years to come and say we lived through that era.”
But in particular, Gallagher cited McGregor’s ability to be a star both in the cage and out of it as what sets him apart.
“Charisma will get you a long way,” he said. “If you’ve got talent and charisma, the world is your oyster, and that guy’s got it. It’s like, ‘Wow. What planet have you come from?’ It’s unbelievable. I’d love to meet him.”
Gallagher headed up Oasis from 1991 to 2009, then left after a falling-out with his brother. The two were infamous for their rocky relationship and feuds. Oasis was nominated for three Grammy Awards and sold an estimated 70 million albums around the world, making them one of the most celebrated and successful British bands from the 1990s.
All seven of Oasis’ studio albums hit No. 1 on the charts in the U.K. But it was their second album, “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” that had the most success. It sold 4 million units in the U.S. and has sold more than 22 million copies around the world. Since Oasis’ breakup, Gallagher has stayed busy with solo projects – and apparently with watching McGregor fights.
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