Jean Claude Van Damme believes Conor McGregor could become a Hollywood hit
Jean Claude Van Damme believes Conor McGregor could become a blockbuster movie star.
The man known as the muscles from Brussels has tipped the 26-year-old to become a big screen hit if he chooses t0 pursue that career path.
Speaking on the Bruce Buffer podcast, Van Damme said: "McGregor is always going to be moving a step forward.
“He likes to elevate himself in fighting, philosophy, he’s reading books, he’s trying to learn his way. He’s not stupid.
"He has to do what he has to do. He’s a good guy.
"He loves people. Him being a movie star is really a true warrior.
"He’ll make a film or two or three, for sure, because he wants to touch everything.
"In his heart he’s a true warrior.”
McGregor takes on Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in July 11 and although a slight outsider with the bookmakers, Van Damme believes he will beat the unbeaten Brazilian.
"A guy like McGregor, he’s got that type of thing," he added.
"He’s hungry. It’s new for him. He appreciates the money with a big smile. He’s saying it out loud. He’s living a very great adventure.
"This is the time when you go from nothing to being bored. I’m advising him to enjoy every second of the day.
"It’s going to be hard to beat [McGregor] because he’s fighting with this, plus the techniques and his height.
"Plus he’s got the Irish people behind him and he created a connection between him and the audience of his early fights and he wants to be loved.”