Will We Ever See Conor McGregor Leave UFC for WWE?

Posted By James Walsh on 05/04/21


Will We Ever See Conor McGregor Leave UFC for WWE?



MMA superstar Conor McGregor has been teasing fans about crossing over into wrestling for almost five years now. Whether that can really be taken seriously is anyone’s guess.


“The Notorious” is an undoubted combat sports legend. McGregor became the first two-weight champion in UFC history when capturing both their Featherweight and Lightweight titles.


However, his MMA career is now at something of a crossroads after two losses in his last three fights. The outcome of the Irishman’s final bout in his trilogy with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in Las Vegas this July could well shape his future.


According to the latest Conor McGregor betting, he is the favorite for this rubber match. Poirier holds the recent victory over him, however, from UFC 257 with a second round TKO victory recorded back in January.


The pair first met inside the octagon during 2014. That was a first round stoppage win for McGregor. Poirier sits top of the Lightweight rankings in UFC, although the division doesn’t have a champion after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from MMA and vacated the belt.



  


It won’t be McGregor and Poirier competing for the title, however, but Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler headlining UFC 262 in Houston this May. A victory for The Notorious later this summer re-establishes himself, but defeat would leave him lower down the rankings.


Crossing between MMA and pro wrestling is something that has largely been done successfully by those who have come before McGregor. Contemporaries like Brock Lesnar and “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey swapped the octagon for a WWE ring with great fanfare, attracting outside interest and adding legitimacy to the product.


It follows that if you’re a pay-per-view draw in one type of combat sports, then you can be in another. McGregor already knows this well after crossing over into the world of boxing for his famous “Money Fight” with Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in 2017, albeit in a losing effort.


A few leading pro wrestlers signed to WWE are compatriots of McGregor. Besides Becky Lynch, who has played her part in helping the women’s revolution, current United States champ Sheamus and Finn Balor are both Irish.



It’s the latter who McGregor teased a match with on social media earlier this year. WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H was quick to add his support for a wrestling bout between Balor and The Notorious. This is fantasy booking at its very best, but that’s part of the fun.


Not all crossovers have been hits, however. Cain Velasquez had a very brief run in WWE, reigniting his UFC feud with Brock Lesnar. All this seemed to achieve, however, was giving “The Beast Incarnate” the opportunity to go over the Mexican at Crown Jewel 2019 in Saudi Arabia and avenge his MMA loss from UFC 121 way back in the fall of 2010.


McGregor has no such axes to grind like Lesnar if serious about transitioning from cage fighting to pro wrestling. It could look a very attractive option if The Notorious does suffer another defeat to Poirier this summer.