Can UFC Legend Conor McGregor Transition Into the WWE?

Published 01/25/2021, 12:43 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


At UFC 257, Conor McGregor suffered the most devastating loss of his career. Dustin Poirier humbled the Irish MMA superstar and has cost him a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship.

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McGregor is now thirty-two, which means he’s at the last legs of his decorated career. He could not keep up with younger talent like Khabib and now Poirier, and maybe, he needs a change.

Will Conor McGregor be successful in WWE?

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Conor McGregor speaks at the UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York, NY. McGregor will face UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event on October 6, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The WWE would receive Conor McGregor with open arms. He would join the list of former UFC fighters who became wrestlers, from Ken Shamrock and Brock Lesnar to Shayna Baszler.

His joining the WWE would be monumental, but would he adapt well in Vince McMahon’s kingdom?

People with similar egos and attitudes would surround the Irish superstar in the WWE. First up is Vince McMahon himself. Both McGregor and McMahon have incredibly powerful personalities, which seem bound to clash at some point. If they end up butting heads, will the CEO prevail or the former face of the MMA Universe?

Second, Conor McGregor has been wildly disrespectful towards WWE Superstars in the past. In a tweet, McGregor mentioned he could ‘slap the heads off the WWE roster’, which led to some WWE superstars firing back at McGregor.

If McGregor finds his footing in WWE, it would take a miracle for him to assimilate with the rest of the WWE locker room.

Can McGregor’s stature hinder a potential WWE run?

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Conor McGregor weighs 155 pounds and is 5′ 9. The only WWE superstar of similar stature is Rey Mysterio, and he uses his size to his advantage.

McGregor is definitely not going to pull out head-scissors and moonsaults like Mysterio, and he would require a lot of training to become as smooth as the master of the 619.

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Under the right trainer, McGregor can transition well. He would have to put on a lot of muscle, and his height is not as imposing as it seems. McGregor would need to put in a grueling couple of months to perfect his technical skills and wrestling prowess.

What Conor lacks is the passion for pro-wrestling, that Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Matt Riddle, and Shayna Baszler have. The Irishman has dissed the WWE frequently and has claimed repeatedly that he is much better than the WWE superstars.

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Conor is at the perfect age to build his profile and make some money as a wrestler. However, his dismissive attitude, lack of passion and straight-up disrespect will prevent him from successfully transitioning to the WWE.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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