Following Justin Bieber's bizarre call-out of Tom Cruise, UFC President Dana White has admitted interest in hosting the celebrity bout after all.
In his original tweet, Bieber directly mentioned the octagon, even asking White if he'd be willing to put the fight together. Just over a week later and it seems that Bieber has his answer.
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 (@justinbieber) June 10, 2019
In an interview with TMZ Sports, White gave his own view on the proposed fight, expressing a willingness to talk with the involved parties. "Lots of people will talk about fighting somebody in the UFC and things like that," he said. "Whether it's NFL players or celebrities or whatever; it happens a lot. So obviously I saw it like everybody else did, and I didn't pay much attention to it. The thing is, it picked up a lot of steam and was everywhere."
"I'm not gonna say any names, but I'm gonna tell you that I got a phone call from a couple of real guys who said that they really do want to do this fight, and they believe that Tom Cruise would do the fight. And I told them, 'well I'll tell you this, if that's true and everybody involved in this thing really wants to do it, we can talk,'" White confirmed. "I'd be an idiot not to make this fight."
While the matchup looks unlikely to say the least, White refuses to count anything out after the blockbuster 2017 bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. "I didn't think that Floyd and Conor was gonna happen and it did so anything is possible these days. Anything is possible," he said. "That would be the easiest fight ever to promote in the history of my career."
It's certainly hard to dispute that last comment, with Bieber's unexpected tweet receiving a huge response almost immediately. Nonetheless, it's still hard to imagine these two superstars trading punches inside the octagon.