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Vin Diesel Confirms That Conor McGregor Pulled Out Of ‘xXx’ Movie To ‘Go Get His Manhood Back’

In hindsight, it has become plain to see that the Conor McGregor that stepped into the octagon to face his greatest rival, Nate Diaz at UFC 202, was a very different man to the one who succumbed to a loss at the hands of the same man at UFC 196. His defeat, by way of rear-naked choke, was one on such a massive scale that it would have perhaps broken a lesser man. But the way McGregor responded to such adversity proved his determination to even his most fervent detractors.

McGregor’s decision to retreat from the ever-present glare of the public eye was one perhaps influenced in a way by the path to superstardom taken by Ronda Rousey just before Conor’s meteoric rise towards A-lister status.

Rousey, on the back of her perfect MMA record and highly-marketable persona, elevated herself into a position that became something that was more on the periphery of the combat sports world than the life of a high-level mixed martial artist should be.

There were modeling contracts, advertisements deals and a string of movie appearances that all seemed to sap at the training time of the women’s bantamweight champion and sure enough when the time came for her to once again defend her belt, the distractions that came with living the high-life, cost her dearly.

Conor was in a similar position in a sense. Rumours had been floating around that he was set to appear in the latest installment of Vin Diesel’s ‘xXx’ series, ‘xXx : Return Of Xander Cage‘ and now, a quote taken from Diesel himself has confirmed that McGregor was indeed the original choice for the role that eventually went to the UFC’s middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

Speaking to MMAFighting, Diesel spoke of his vision for the latest installment in the highly-successful franchise stating, “I wanted to have an English accent in the movie,” Diesel said. “I had created a role for Conor McGregor and after he lost to Nate Diaz, he had to go to a dark place, he had to go get his manhood back to fight the second time, so he wasn’t able to do this film at the time.”

“But I needed that accent, I wanted this English accent to be speckled in the movie. But I also wanted someone that could do fight sequences. A lot of the UFC guys do great fight sequences in movies. You saw when I put Gina Carano in 6, and Ronda Rousey in 7. I had great experiences when putting UFC fighters in the movie, so I wanted someone that had that English accent, they talk like this, and I got Michael Bisping to come and do that.”

As we all know, the move paid off big time for the UFC’s lightweight champion, with him coming out of the second Diaz fight with his hand raised in what was an exhilarating show from both men. With Ronda Rousey now set to return against Amanda Nunes at the end of this month, it certainly will be interesting to see how she responds to her time off and if she can replicate the success of the Notorious Irishman.

She returns December 30th at UFC 207, set to take place in the t-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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