Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor is the biggest star in mixed martial arts (MMA), which has allowed him to retain his title while branching out to other sports.
That includes last weekend's boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada. While the result was a tenth-round technical knockout loss for “Notorious,” it likely raised his stock even further, making him a potential pro wrestling superstar in the process.
That’s according to former WWE champion Chris Jericho, who told Sports Illustrated (via Pop Culture) that sending McGregor to the squared circle is a “no-brainer.”
“Conor comes out of it looking like 100 million bucks, and Floyd retires 50-0. So will Conor McGregor end up in WWE? I think it's a no-brainer. It might not be this year or the year after that because there's a lot of money that you got to spend to get him in there, but a guy that yappy that knows the concept of cutting a wrestling promo — same with Floyd. That's why Floyd did WWE, because he got a lot of his stuff from WWE ideas - so I think Conor will end up there. It's just a matter of when he wants to. I also think Ronda Rousey will end up there one way or another as well.”
Rousey appears to be closer than ever, based on this report.
UFC fighters are no stranger to pro wrestling (sample here) and McGregor already has an existing feud with some of the top stars in WWE. But there is still a lot of work to be done in the lightweight division and “Notorious” remains under contract.