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Noel Gallagher on Conor McGregor: “He’s an absolute dude!”

Former Oasis legend tells Christian O’Connell he’s a big fan of the Irish MMA superstar

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Rock legend Noel Gallagher revealed that he’s a huge fan of UFC champion Conor McGregor, describing the trash-talking lightweight champion of the world as “an absolute dude”.

Gallagher told Absolute Radio breakfast show host Christian O’Connell that he stayed up to watch McGregor take on Floyd Mayweather after attending Russell Brand’s wedding earlier that night. And the Oasis legend revealed he’s a huge fan of the Dubliner’s larger-than-life personality.

“The trash talking… Oh my, I love him,” Gallagher gushed.

“He’s a dude. He’s an absolute dude. He makes me cry – cry laughing!”

McGregor’s path to the top of the UFC saw him capture the interim featherweight title at UFC 189 in July 2015, then upgrade his belt to the undisputed title at UFC 194 with a 13-second knockout of champion Jose Aldo the following December.

Earlier that year McGregor and Aldo travelled the world on a multi-city press tour that saw McGregor break out as one of the biggest personalities in the sport.

Throughout the tour, he’d promised to knock out Aldo, who hadn’t lost in a decade. He even went as far as describing to one reporter the exact circumstances that would play out on fight night.

Ever since, McGregor has been a huge star, with his fights routinely attracting seven-figure pay-per-view audiences. Last November he knocked out Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden to become the UFC lightweight champion and make history as the only fighter to simultaneously hold UFC titles in two weight classes.

He later relinquished his featherweight title before switching sports to take on Mayweather last month. His return to the octagon is currently the subject of much speculation, with rumours stateside linking him with a potential trilogy fight with his old rival Nate Diaz, despite denials from UFC president Dana White.

Gallagher said that the Irishman’s persona is a major reason why McGregor has become such a big global star, and admitted it was ‘The Notorious’ one’s personality that led him to become a fan.

“Charisma will get you a long way,” he said.

“If you’re talented and you’ve got charisma, the world is your oyster.

“That guy has got it. It’s like, wow, where have you come from? What planet are you from? He’s unbelievable!

“I’d love to meet him. I’ve got a lot of Irish friends from Dublin. They said, ‘Guys like him, they’re on every street corner where he comes from, he just happens to be a fighter!’

“They said: ‘That place where he comes from, they will not let you have the last word in any argument. That’s what they’re like. And his dad will be even worse!’”

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 19 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including UFC world title fights, Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Grand National and the FA Cup Final.