During Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday, June 9, there was a bizarro moment that seemed to come out of the blue. The one and only Justin Bieber decided to randomly call out Tom Cruise. The reason for the callout? For a mixed martial arts fight inside of the Octagon.
Bieber even went as far as to tag Dana White in the tweet asking for a host.
While Dana White has yet to respond, there was one man who was willing to jump in on the sideshow: former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor.
“If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out!”
Is this all a little cringe-worthy? Sure. Would we want to tune in? Hey, we all have guilty pleasures.
As for what’s actually next for Conor McGregor, we will have to wait and see.
McGregor last fought when he suffered a submission loss to current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Prior to his loss to Nurmagomedov, McGregor was on a two-fight winning streak with a welterweight bout victory over Nate Diaz and a Performance of the Night against Eddie Alvarez to claim the 155-pound title on November 12, 2016. However, McGregor was later stripped of the title due to inactivity — he was previously stripped of the featherweight belt after winning the lightweight crown.
McGregor has called for a rematch with Nurmagomedov and has also hinted that he would like to rematch Floyd Mayweather Jr. inside of the boxing ring. Whether any of those bouts was actually in the works is anyone’s guess, but they seem to be the only bouts that have piqued the brash Irishman’s interest since he began discussing a return to combat sports following his flurry of legal issues and suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his post-UFC 229 bout with Nurmagomedov and his team.