Conor McGregor ending up in WWE is not as much of a long-shot as it used to be. In fact, according to Conor’s agent, Audie Attar, they are open to entertaining offers from the pro-wrestling based promotion.
Attar appeared recently on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds Podcast, and had this to say regarding his client possibly ending up in WWE:
“I think it’s all about business, man. 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.”
Triple H at UFC 205
Paul Levesque, better known to pro-wrestling fans as “Triple H”, is the Executive Vice President of Talent for WWE, and was in attendance for UFC 205. After the event, Triple H was very complimentary of Conor.
“He’s got the personality, the skills, the talk. He’s an entertainer, for sure.” Levesque told media following the event.
He would continue on to say that Conor could not only could make an appearance in a WWE ring, but possibly wrestle as well. He compared Conor to Floyd Mayweather, but not in terms of his boxing, but rather his ability to have a wrestling match. Mayweather wrestled the Big Show at WrestleMania 24. Despite limited wrestling ability, he and the Big Show were able to have a match that many felt was the highlight of the show.
Mayweather was reportedly paid $20 million for the match.
Conor Rips WWE Wrestlers
Rumours that Conor could end up in WWE started shortly after he insulted WWE’s roster in August. The comments, and subsequent confirmation tweets, caused a stir in the pro-wrestling community that left many fans assuming it was intentional.
I didn’t mean no disrespect to the @wwe fans. What I meant to say was that I’d slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sunday’s.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 7, 2016
Conor’s tweets and the replies from WWE’s roster went viral; generally a sign that there is money to be made.
Is Conor Free to Negotiate with WWE?
Neither Conor nor WWE would be able to make public statements regarding a possible Conor McGregor WWE appearance, without the UFC being in someway implicit. UFC contracts are exclusive promoting rights, which would prevent any other company from financially benefitting from the fighter’s performance. Dana White has explained how these deals work publicly before, once regarding Ronda Rousey wrestling in WWE while still fighting, and again regarding a Mayweather vs Conor boxing match.
With that being said, it is likely the WWE and UFC have spoken about Conor working with WWE. It is also likely that the WWE and UFC have spoken over Ronda Rousey’s contractual situation, otherwise Stephanie McMahon would not have openly stated their intentions to sign her.
WME-IMG are said to be very high on the idea of trading stars with WWE. Most notably, the UFC wants Brock Lesnar for the occasional fight, and he is under contract with WWE for years. Should Lesnar receive a 1-year suspension, he too would be eligible to fight again in July.
It is also rumoured that UFC owes WWE a star talent, after a deal to bring Paige VanZant to fell through. WWE wanted her to appear at SummerSlam, but VanZant didn’t want to take time away from training. She was believed to have been the UFC’s “thank you” to WWE for allowing Lesnar to fight at UFC 200.
Also notable is the UFC’s recent willingness to let their contracted fighters participate in exhibition grappling matches. Jon Jones, Dan Henderson, Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano will all compete at Underground Submissions 2 next month.