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Forbes Report Conor McGregor Already Has A Massive Offer If He Chooses To Leave UFC

Could Conor McGregor make a blockbuster appearance at Summerslam in lieu of his cancelled UFC 200 berth?

With his July 9 rematch with Nate Diaz seemingly called off, attention has turned to Conor McGregor’s future plans in light of his perceived retirement.

A potential (and lucrative) option would be a crossover to pro wrestling company World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

According to Forbes.com’s Anthony DiMoro, the WWE are interested in signing an Irishman whom they find “very appealing”, and are said to be discussing an approach for ‘The Notorious’, as per sources. His “controversial retirement, his character, his notoriety, marketability and his age (27)”, are all earmarked as the reasons for WWE’s interest.

Of course, such a spectacular move, while a distinct long-shot, wouldn’t be without precedence.

Indeed, fellow marquee MMA star Ronda Rousey appeared on WWE’s flagship PPV show ‘Wrestlemania 31’ to much publicity for all parties involved, and McGregor himself lapped it up.

The (for now) UFC featherweight champion teased an appearance at last month’s Wrestlemania, causing tremors on Twitter before yesterday’s earthquake.

Other MMA stars have had more prolonged stints in Vince McMahon’s creation. The best known example is that of former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who started out in pro wrestling before making the switch to MMA, and then returning to the squared circle in 2012.

More pure examples come in the form of 90’s duo Ken Shamrock (he of Bellator and the Kimbo Slice rivalry), and UFC Hall of Famer Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn, whom made a straight transition to pro wrestling from the MMA world.

Forbes cite the possibility of Rousey also joining the WWE in a more permanent capacity, along with a confrontation with the aforementioned Brock Lesnar.

While a distinctly remote possibility, McGregor would be well compensated by the WWE in cheese if he were to jump ship.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.