What will Conor McGregor do next? It’s a question that a lot of writers have already spilled a lot of ink over (like me, right here). Even though the most likely answer is a UFC Lightweight title defense against interim champ Tony Ferguson, there are a bunch of other interesting possibilities. Even if McGregor doesn’t pick one of the alternatives as his first option, it doesn’t mean they might not still happen down the road.
One of those possibilities is an appearance in the WWE. McGregor is basically a living, breathing pro wrestling character already, which his tattoos, fur coats, and the ability to work a microphone (and a crowd) like almost no one else can. It’s pretty easy to see him fitting seamlessly into the WWE universe, even if only for a short time.
Legendary wrestling commentator Jim Ross, who is also a noted MMA fan, thinks the lure of a big-money deal for McGregor to appear at WrestleMania is just too attractive to pass up.
“I know that he’s an amazing performer and an amazing talent, and I have great respect for the UFC, everything they do, and him. There’s no way you can convince me that Conor McGregor will not earn a massive check from Vince McMahon some day in the future.
“It will not be a career deal, it will be a one-off special occasion, massive promotion. I would suggest maybe at a WrestleMania somewhere down the road. But the attraction’s there, the marketing’s there, the money’s there — why not make it happen? So I think Conor is guaranteed for that. And I also think that Conor’s not done in the octagon, either. I think that he’s a competitor. He likes to prove he’s the alpha male, man.”
This makes sense. McGregor may not be done with the UFC quite yet, even though he’ll probably never have a payday like he did for the fight with Floyd Mayweather. Still, a short stint in the WWE culminating with a match at WrestleMania would probably do wonders for his already burgeoning bank account. It doesn’t necessarily have to be WrestleMania 34, taking place next spring in New Orleans, but we can certainly see it happening at some point in the future.