Nonetheless, both Vince McMahon and Dana White respectively have claimed superiority over the other. However, when you really break it down, both heavily rely on the other. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s the breakdown… Whether or not UFC care to admit it, their biggest draw since their inception in 1993 has been Brock Lesnar – a former NCAA Division One heavyweight wrestling champion, and a former multi-time WWE Champion, long before he stepped into the Octagon 2008. To make matters worse for die hard UFC fans, later that year at UFC 91, Brock Lesnar become UFC Heavyweight Champion.
That’s right, UFC’s top prize was held by a professional wrestler. UFC even organized a deal with WWE so that they could book Brock Lesnar to fight at their UFC 200 event in June 2016. On the contrary, WWE have always capitalized on former MMA fighters. Back in the 90s, both Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn (both former UFC competitors) jumped ship to the WWE. Sure, they never reached the heights of The Rock or Stone Cold Steve Austin, but they certainly played their part in WWE’s attitude era.
And even to this day, the current WWE Universal Champion is Brock Lesnar. That’s right, one of WWE’s top prizes is held by a former UFC champion. (Not only that, but WWE has deliberately moved away from Lesnar’s former wrestling skillset, and had him compete as a “shoot” fighter.)
Say what you want, but despite being completely different sports/entertainment spectacles, the WWE and UFC rely on each other as competition in order to thrive. And now, after years of rumors, it appears as if WWE will finally be able to book UFC’s best homegrown attraction at their biggest event of the year, as Conor McGregor is reportedly very close to signing a deal for the current UFC Lightweight Champion to appear at Wrestlemania 34.
As reported by SunSport in the UK, apparently “a deal is close” with WWE, despite the fact that the “Notorious One” has laready turned down “a hefty offer” back in January of this year. The SunSport’s source revealed:
“Conor is a huge wrestling fan. His entire persona on stage he has developed from watching performers like Ric Flair and The RockThese are the top dogs at self-promotion and trash talk. He watched these guys when he was younger. This is something he’s always wanted to do. The WWE guys have asked him to do shows before with them, but the timing was never really right. But this time it looks like a deal is going to be locked into place.”
And even Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, weighed in on McGregor’s potential one-off appearance. Speaking at a “Leaders in Sports” convention at Stamford Bridge, she said:
“I think Conor would be a perfect fit with WWE,” McMahon said. “He certainly has the personality and the athletic ability, the appeal. He speaks his mind, he’s very genuine and authentic, and he has a hell of a Vince McMahon swagger.”
If Conor does decide to appear at Wrestlemania 34, he’ll also be following in the footsteps of his former opponent, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who defeated the Big Show at Wrestlemania 24.
So, will we ever see Conor McGregor out of the Octagon and in WWE’s “squared-circle”? He’s already branched out into professional boxing, so why not? If there’s one thing I learned from the “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, everybody’s got a price!