Justin Bieber walks back Tom Cruise callout, admits he’d probably lose fight

Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, Conor McGregor
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Late last week, pop star Justin Bieber took to Twitter to call for a fight with Hollywood actor Tom Cruise. Normally, this kind of stuff would not make it onto MMA news sites. But when Bieber asked Dana White and the UFC to promote the fight, and UFC star Conor McGregor promptly chimed in and offered to promote the celebrity showdown himself, this weird storyline seeped into the collective consciousness of the MMA community.

“I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you dont take this fight your scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight? @danawhite?” – Justin Bieber on Twitter.

“If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout. Does Cruise have the sprouts to fight, like he does in the movies? Stay tuned to find out!” – Conor McGregor on Twitter.

As it turns out — in a totally unsurprising Twist — Justin Bieber doesn’t actually want to fight Tom Cruise. He was just messing around the Internet.

Kids these days!

“I was just playing,” Bieber said in a recent conversation with TMZ. “It was just a random tweet. I do that stuff sometimes. I think he would probably whoop my ass in a fight. He’s got that dad strength.”

So there you have it, fight fans.

Although this is a sporting attraction you were surely all dying to see, it doesn’t sound like it’ll happen. That being said, that hasn’t stopped various online sportsbooks from releasing betting odds for it.

And furthermore, the verdict is still out on whether or not Conor McGregor can coax Mark Wahlberg into the Octagon… The Irish MMA star doesn’t seem willing to let this one go. He wants his UFC shares.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/13/2019.