WWE star Sheamus has made statements regarding Conor Mcgregor, who is also a fellow Irishman. ‘The Notorious’ is at a career crossroad after his long-awaited return to the UFC ended with him losing to Dustin Poirier.
The former two-division champion suffered a devastating second-round KO loss to the Diamond on Saturday in Abu Dhabi. McGregor has insisted that he wants to return to the cage as quickly as possible but admitted he is facing doubts over where his next move lies. Before the Irishman suffered a first knockout defeat in his UFC career he revealed talks were intensifying between himself and Manny Pacquiao. But he could find himself following in rival Floyd Mayweather’s footsteps by making an appearance in WWE.
Sheamus on Conor Mcgregor’s future
WWE Superstar Sheamus has little doubt the UFC’s Conor McGregor will leap WWE at some point in the future. In an interview with Stephanie Chase of Digital Spy, Sheamus was asked about how his fellow Irishman would fit in the world of professional wrestling:
“He’s teased [coming to WWE] a couple of times. He’s still staying active, he’s a lad who’s won belts, he’s done a lot, so I think he’s that type of person who’s always trying to try his hand at something different.
“I think WWE would suit him down to the ground. You know, we’ve had a lot of people come in and out, [Floyd] Mayweather came in, a lot of celebrities have come in, a lot of sportspeople. So I don’t think anyone would raise eyebrows if he came into WWE. I don’t think it’s if, I think it’s a matter of when, to be honest.”
McGregor has long been viewed as a natural fit, not only due to his fighting ability but also because of his ability to talk trash and draw eyes to the product.
That trash talk extended to the pro wrestling world in 2016 when he had some harsh words for wrestlers, per Mike Bohn of Rolling Stone:
“I have thought about [WWE]. For the most part, I think these guys are p—ies, to be honest. They’re messed up p—ies if you ask me. Fair play to Brock [Lesnar]; he got in and fought, but at the end of the day, he was juiced up to the f–king eyeballs. How can I respect that? The other guy [CM Punk] hasn’t fought yet, so I don’t know about him yet.”
CM Punk went on to fight twice in UFC and lost each fight decisively, so if McGregor’s comments represented his true thoughts, he still may not have much respect for pro wrestlers. He may have merely been rattling the cage of WWE Superstars to make things feel even more real should he go to WWE at some point, though.
If that does happen, Sheamus said he is open to being McGregor’s first opponent: “If he wants to come in there with me, that’s grand. He might get the fight of his life there, he might get a couple of slaps he’s not used to. But that’s what it’s all about, getting in there and seeing a different type of environment.”
With his loss to Dustin Poirier, who he knocked out in the featherweight division in 2014, McGregor is now 22-5 in MMA. In his second most recent fight, he picked up a 40-second TKO win over fan-favorite veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
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