Less than two weeks after his historic victory at UFC 205, when he became the first fighter to hold titles in multiple weight classes simultaneously, talk of what’s next for Conor McGregor has continued to dominate headlines.
McGregor announced he will take some time off after a hectic 2016 for the birth of his first child, and he isn’t expected back in the Octagon until at least May, per UFC president Dana White. At the same time, talks about a superfight in boxing with retired champion Floyd Mayweather just won’t seem to go away. Brett Okamoto and The Brian Campbell welcome Conor McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, to talk about what’s next and UFC welterweight Lorenz Larkin on free agency.
But what about a third option — the idea of McGregor entering the scripted world of pro wrestling during his upcoming hiatus from mixed martial arts, which coincides conveniently with WWE’s WrestleMania 33 card on April 2 in Orlando, Florida?
According to his agent, Audie Attar, who appeared Tuesday on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast, it’s something McGregor is willing to entertain — as long as the money is right.
“I think it’s all about business, man,” Attar said. “If [WWE] is 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.”
The topic of a McGregor crossover into sports entertainment picked up steam when executive and 14-time WWE world champion Paul “Triple H” Levesque was in attendance at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Levesque gave an interview with a British newspaper in which he said McGregor would be a perfect fit for WWE.
“He could come over, he’s got it all, man,” Levesque told the Daily Telegraph. “He’s got the personality, the skills, the talk. He’s an entertainer, for sure.”
Levesque went on to compare McGregor to Mayweather, who competed in a 2008 match at WrestleMania XXIV against The Big Show during a brief retirement from boxing. Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey also made a memorable appearance at WrestleMania 31 in 2015, nearly stealing the show when she teamed up with The Rock to exchange smack talk (and a hip-toss) opposite Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon.
Attar said McGregor has not had direct talks with WWE or Levesque as of yet, at UFC 205 or elsewhere.
“I think it’s phenomenal that a guy like Triple H was at the fights,” Attar said. “I heard he said some positive things, which is always good to hear.”
McGregor made headlines in August during a teleconference ahead of his UFC 202 rematch with Nate Diaz, when the Irish star called out WWE/UFC crossover star Brock Lesnar for being “juiced up to his f—ing eyeballs” and referred to WWE superstars in general as “massive p—ies.”
To many, the comments were seen as McGregor playing the smart businessman, planting seeds for a potential move to WWE. He went on to double down on his original comments by taking more shots on social media.
“It’s ultimately like, look — I think Conor had his say via social media at times, but he also is someone that appreciates people that sacrifice and train and are dedicated to their craft, whatever it may be,” Attar said.
Would McGregor be willing to go as far as having a formal match with the WWE, similar to what Mayweather did, if the two sides came to terms?
“Again, I think ultimately Conor will say, ‘Let me talk to my friend Benjamin [Franklin] to see how many of his friends he’s bringing with him before we talk about what the obligations are,'” Attar said.