A famous Irishman once said that options are highly desirable in the fight business. The UFC’s dual-weight champion Conor McGregor is a man who has more options than most and since his historic win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, is free to sit back and play the field for a while, something he has no doubt earned after what has been a truly memorable two or three years in the public eye.
Throughout the lead-up to his last fight, speculation about Conor McGregor’s heavily-rumoured ‘special’ announcement was a constant in MMA news circles. Many had believed that the news – promised to be delivered post-fight – would involve some form of time off for the featherweight champion if his quest for a second belt proved to be successful.
Sure enough, when Eddie Alvarez hit the canvas after a truly mesmerising performance from the Notorious One, it was not long until all was made clear to the MMA community. In the post-fight press conference, McGregor confirmed that he would be taking some time off from the sport, something he felt necessary given the imminent arrival of his first child with his partner, Dee Devlin.
Time off hasn’t been something Conor McGregor has taken willingly in recent years and injuries aside, the reported 6 month lay-off will mark his longest break from the octagon since his arrival in 2013.
What’s interesting about this however is that now – with his star-power at an all-time high – he is free to delve into the other facets of fame and test the waters for his own inevitable retirement, whenever it is when that day finally comes.
One option that has been put forth frequently is a foray into the entertainment business for the charismatic Conor, specifically into the realm of pro-wrestling, namely the WWE. A few months ago Conor made the headlines for his characteristically brash call out of pretty much the entire WWE roster, with him slating the business and chastising each and every one of them for imitating the fight-game.
Now however, McGregor’s agent Audie Attar has claimed that an appearance in the radically different world of the WWE might not be as far-fetched an idea as we might have thought.
Speaking on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds Podcast, Attar gave fight fans an insight into how McGregor’s camp would feel about an offer from the WWE.
“I think it’s all about business, man. If they are going to come with an offer, we are willing to entertain it. We are here. Have their people call his people, which is me. We can have a conversation.”
Not quite a solid confirmation from Attar, but still it is quite interesting that it is something Conor has not entirely ruled out, despite the fact that perhaps he would not be a welcome customer in the WWE after his brutal attack on its participants earlier this year.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena