beard buddies Conor McGregor offers Jared Leto invite after actor says he’d love to play him
"I’m too old to do Conor probably, but you never know. We could maybe use some CGI"
Conor McGregor has offered Jared Leto the opportunity to join him at a fight camp after the House of Gucci star said he’d love to play the Dublin fighter in a biopic.
The 50-year-old, who is a big fan of McGregor’s and has attended several of his fights, told Extra TV: “If we do the UFC movie, if I was younger, I’d play Conor McGregor. I got the beard.
“What Conor does and what these guys and gals do is just extraordinary.
“I’m too old to do Conor probably, but you never know. We could maybe use some CGI.”
McGregor later tweeted: “Jared Leto, I invite you to come and practice the part with me!” alongside a link to an article about the actor’s remarks.
Leto who appeared in 'Fight Club' in 1999, also suggested that he would be interested in playing the part of UFC president Dana White.
The Irish UFC star is currently in the final phase of his recovery from the horrific broken leg he suffered in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier last July.
The former two-division champion McGregor revealed last month that he was hoping to return to the cage in summer although White has said he expects the Dubliner won’t be back in action until the autumn.
White and the UFC are waiting until doctors give McGregor the all-clear to return to resume full training.
He said: "If his leg heals right and he gets the clearance to really start training, then possibly early fall."
White, who is planning to meet McGregor in the coming weeks to discuss his recovery and a date for his return, was recently asked about McGregor's call-out of welterweight champ Kamaru Usman.
White told The MacLife: “Yeah, it's interesting, I hadn't heard that.
“He's coming into Vegas, we're getting together and we're gonna talk. We'll see what's next.
“Any Conor fight is good money-wise.”
McGregor said he was hoping to fight UFC welterweight title holder Usman in his comeback fight.
“I believe versus Usman for the 170-pound title for my comeback is the one I’m eyeballing at the minute,” he told his own YouTube channel.
“Now I haven’t really said that to no one to be honest, I’ve only been thinking that for the last couple of days because for what cut the weight? I’ve already won the 155-pound title, I got myself down to a lightweight frame, but I’m big now.
“I feel big, I feel strong, I feel healthy, I’ve got good energy. I’m coming back after a gruesome injury. I do not want to deplete myself, there should be no need to deplete myself.
“And I feel confident against Usman. A jab happy, sloppy, orthodox wrestler with no submissions whatsoever. What’s he gonna do? Where’s the danger here? I don’t see a danger with him. His ground-and-pound isn’t strong, plus he’s on the older side.
“And then plus the world is to be took again. The triple crown. No one’s ever obtained three knockouts in three weight divisions moving up like I have already, but no one’s ever obtained three UFC world titles cross three divisions like I will do also if we make this fight.”
McGregor, who has not held a title in UFC since 2018, also dismissed criticism that he shouldn’t be given a title shot for his comeback.
“Enough is enough with the disrespect that comes my way,” McGregor said. “People are gonna give me my respect for the many facets of my game.
“My fighting style and everything else. I’m gonna waltz right back into a title shot, make no mistake about it. It’s that or I won’t, you know what I mean? It has to be a title shot. What else can it f****** be?
“Now I’m saying that, let’s see how things shake up. There’s plenty of fights. I’m a fighter at the end of the day. I’ll say that, but I’ll probably f****** do anything because I just want to fight and compete.
“But I want that gold belt. I’m gonna get that world title that has the Irish tricolour emblazoned on it. I’m the reason that tricolour is on that UFC world title. So I’m eager to get my hands on that belt.”
Usman responded to McGregor’s comments on social media. “You guys want a murder scene in the octagon,” he wrote.
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