Conor McGregor backed to copy Floyd Mayweather as WWE star warns he would ‘slap’ UFC ace

McGregor v Poirier: Tale of the Tape

Conor McGregor is back in the Octagon this weekend as takes on Dustin Poirer at UFC 257 on Saturday night in a rematch of their 2014 bout. The Irishman has also tried his hand at boxing in the past, and WWE’s Sheamus has urged him to step into the wrestling ring at some stage too.

UFC star Conor McGregor has been backed to follow the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Tyson Fury in switching codes to WWE by fellow Irish fighter Sheamus.

McGregor’s fellow countryman Sheamus, who is a four-time world champion in WWE, warned the Notorious that the wrestling scene is tougher than his current playground.

McGregor, of course, has already shown he is happy to change combat sports if the price is right, having unsuccessfully taken on ‘Money’ Mayweather in a professional boxing match back in 2017.

The former Lightweight world champion returns to the Octagon tonight to face Dustin Poirer at UFC 257.

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But after that, WWE’s Sheamus says he wants to see McGregor try his hand at wrestling to help give the sport a boost.

“He’s teased [coming to WWE] a couple of times,” Sheamus said. “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 sports people.

“So I don’t think anyone would raise eyebrows if he came in to WWE. I don’t think it’s if, I think it’s a matter of when to be honest.

“If he wants to come in there with me, that’s grand. He might get the fight of his life there, he might get 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.”

Sheamus did warn McGregor about the huge demands WWE can put on a fighter’s body though, admitting that being in wrestling is constant, unlike UFC, where fights are sporadic.

“In UFC you fight once a year or twice a year, in WWE we’re fighting every week,” he said.

“We’re taking big bumps every week, the physicality we go through is crazy. It’s a different world we’re in, I think it’s definitely more competitive, it’s definitely more physical.

“It takes more edge being in WWE than it does doing the UFC stuff. I’ll probably get slated online for saying that but until you actually do our schedule you don’t really realise how tough it is.

“But as I said, if he wants to come in and give it hand I have no bother stepping in the ring with him.”

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