“Sometimes He Has to Slip Up”- Conor McGregor Compared With Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix’s Iconic “Joker” by UFC Star After Meeting the Irishman at Cannes Film Festival 2023

Published 06/24/2023, 11:00 AM EDT

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The former two-division champion in the UFC Conor McGregor is undeniably an enigmatic character in himself. From his flamboyant entrances to his razor-sharp wit, McGregor has crafted a persona that is equal parts captivating and polarizing.

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At the glamorous Cannes Film Festival in Southern France, a surprising encounter unfolded when ‘The Notorious’ and UFC heavyweight fighter Ciryl Gane unexpectedly crossed paths. The chance meeting between the renowned Irishman and the rising Frenchman created a buzz of excitement among onlookers, who were captivated by the collision of these two distinct personalities. The Irishman, known for his charismatic demeanor, warmly opened his arms wide in a gesture of embrace, welcoming the French ace. Gane reciprocated with a radiant smile, reflecting the camaraderie shared between the two fighters.

While little was initially known about their encounter, Gane recently shed some light on the situation. He described the Irishman in an interesting way, unveiling a new side to McGregor’s persona with a wild comparison with method actors in Hollywood, relating him to Heath Ledger and Joaquin Pheonix.

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Ciryl Gane praises “mad” Conor McGregor

During a live Twitch session, ‘Bon Gamin’ took the opportunity to recount his exchange with Conor McGregor. Reflecting on their brief conversation, the Frenchman described the humorous exchange and his initial reluctance to disturb the Irishman’s personal space. However, a member of McGregor’s team recognized Gane and initiated a quick conversation. The idea of grabbing a drink together in the evening was entertained but, unfortunately, they did not cross paths again.

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Reflecting on McGregor’s personality, the 33-year-old expressed[transcribed from Actu MMA], “He is very nice. He is a strange, euphoric character. He is very funny. You see him walking, he talks to himself. The guy jerks his life H24. But I think he has a good background. It’s just that sometimes he has to slip up in his head. It’s like these actors who work for a role, like the one who made the Joker, and who have drifts in their character. He is completely mad.”

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While their encounter at the Cannes Film Festival was a serendipitous moment, both McGregor and Gane find themselves navigating pivotal points in their respective careers. Following his recent defeat against Jon Jones in UFC 285, the Frenchman is now set to face Sergey Spivak, marking a crucial bout for him.

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On the other hand, McGregor’s comeback fight against Michael Chandler is in jeopardy. The Dublin native failed to enter the USADA pool, hindering his chances of making it to the year’s last Pay-Per-View event. This setback has left the fans disappointed, as they eagerly awaited McGregor’s return.

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Mayur Soni

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Mayur Soni is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His journey as an MMA fan started with Conor McGregor’s historic 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in 2015, which sparked his love for the sport. Since then, he has closely followed the sport and gained an in-depth understanding of its nuances, which reflects in his insightful and analytical writing.
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