Musician Justin Bieber recently called out actor Tom Cruise for a UFC bout on Twitter, something Bieber would later claim was a joke.
UFC President Dana White said that he would have no problem promoting the bout and was also contacted about putting the whole thing together.
“I should have known this was going to be the first question,” White said at a Hashtag Sports Q&A (via Nolan King of MMA Junkie). “Listen, if I can make that fight, I’d be all over that fight. It’d be the biggest pay-per-view in the history of pay-per-view. It is true. As crazy as that sounds, that is true. … I don’t want to use any names, but I was at home on a Sunday, and I got a call with two big guys on the phone. They were telling me this could possibly happen and this could be real. I’m like, there’s no way that this is really going to happen. But if it does, call me back. I’m in.”
Cruise never did respond to the request made by Bieber, at least through Twitter.
White believes that if the celebrity battle did come together, it would be a fight that would be watched by just about anybody.
“Oh my god, it would be massive,” White said. “It would be massive. Everybody laughed when we talked about this, so you’ve heard of it. Who wouldn’t watch that? Everybody would watch it. It’s a complete train wreck, and I love it, and I’m in. I’m in. I can’t even believe this is what we’re talking about right now.”
There have been plenty of sports personalities that have competed in MMA, but musicians and actors competing in the sport have been a rarity at best.