McGregor once referred to Cena as a “fat, failed Mr Olympia”, but the wrestling star reckons that the former two-weight world champion could have a future in ‘sports entertainment’
Wrestling legend John Cena believes that Conor McGregor would be “fantastic” if he ever swapped the UFC octagon for the WWE ring.
McGregor has already become a crossover star in the boxing world with his 2017 fight against Floyd Mayweather, which became one of the highest-grossing boxing events in history.
And despite his chequered history with McGregor, who once brutally insulted the WWE star, Cena reckons that the Irishman would make a great addition to their roster.
“He’d be fantastic,” Cena said during an appearance on That Scene with Dan Patrick. “He is what we do.
“What he does is a little less predictable – our surprises are getting people to show up at random, and trying to weave the choose-your-own-adventure to a different alley.
“His surprises are getting a few teeth knocked out or getting an operation.
“That’s not to say that doesn’t happen with us, mistakes happen with us. But in his profession, it’s not a mistake. It’s a certainty.”
And asked if he believes it’s a realistic possibility that McGregor follows in the footsteps of Tyson Fury, Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather in heading to the wrestling world, Cena said that he was hopeful.
“I hope so, because I want to see it,” Cena replied. “At my core, I’m a fan and he’s interesting. He has a gravity about him. I want to see him perform.”
McGregor once referred to Cena as a “fat, failed Mr Olympia” during a media day for his rematch with Nate Diaz, but never made the transition to wrestling despite insulting almost the whole roster.
“What’s the main guy? John Cena,” McGregor said back in 2016. “He’s 40. He’s 40 years of age.
“He’s walking around in a luminous orange t-shirt and a headband talking about nobody can see him – we can see him right there.
“He’s a big fat, 40-year-old failed Mr. Olympia motherf***er.”
However, McGregor won’t be appearing in any sort of ring or octagon for the rest of the year after suffering a horror leg break against Dustin Poirier.
The pair squared on in a trilogy back in July at UFC 264, with each man holding a knockout win over the other.
But the bout didn’t make it to the second round when at the end of the first McGregor snapped his tibia stepping back from a teep kick.
And after the doctor immediately stopped the fight, McGregor was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery for the injury.
He has been back training in recent weeks, but likely won’t be back in competition until next year.
He is currently recovering in Los Angeles, and has been training intensively with his upper body and his other leg, and has even been spotted without a cast just weeks after the horror leg break.
It remains to be seen who McGregor’s next opponent will be, with Poirier seemingly off the table as he prepares for a world title fight, which is expected to take place in December.