Conor McGregor’s ongoing flirtation with the WWE took another step toward a full-fledged love affair this week when his agent confirmed that the UFC champ would “entertain” an offer to step into the squared circle.
"I think it's all about business, man," Audie Attar told ESPN. "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."
As far-fetched as it sounds, there’s reason to believe this might not be a complete fantasy. Certainly, the WWE’s interest seems real. Not only was Triple H in the house for UFC 205, but he’s repeatedly praised McGregor in the press. Behind the scenes, he’s also working toward getting McGregor on a WWE broadcast, according to Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer.
The biggest unknown is whether McGregor has any interest in the WWE. He’s publicly trashed the promotion in the past, leading to a minor feud with the legendary Ric Flair. And there’s a chance that mixing it up in the WWE would dilute his burgeoning brand, which currently has people debating whether he’s the most important athlete in the world. Why jeopardize that?
If McGregor was serious about trying to go after the 170-pound welterweight title, he might want to focus on that. The Notorious currently sits at 1-1 as a welterweight, with both fights coming against Nate Diaz and he hasn’t ruled the possibility of trying fighting at 170 again.
Current welterweight title holder Tyron Woodley has already said he thinks McGregor would be making a mistake by moving up to 170 and the man who fought Woodley to a draw at UFC, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, is weighing in. "To be honest with you, Conor McGregor at 170, I think he's just going to be thrown around like a little rag doll," Thompson recently said.
Wonderboy may think he’s offering some friendly advice to McGregor, but if we know anything about amped-up Irishman it’s that a warning like that will probably only make him want it more.