UFC star ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor is 2/1 to appear in the WWE before the end of the year after suggesting he had decided to retire from the Octagon.
Since seemingly bidding the sport farewell in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, both the motor mouth knockout artist and his inner circle have been dropping hints on social media.
Already following powerful squared-circle figures Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and her brother Shane on Twitter, he followed superstar Becky Lynch in the wake of his announcement.
Lynch, a compatriot of the Dublin-native, then tweeted McGregor, seemingly encouraging him to take his place alongside her in the WWE.
— Rebecca Quin (@BeckyLynchWWE) April 19, 2016
Meanwhile, the Irishman’s coach John Kavanagh posted a picture of legendary wrestling manager Jimmy ‘Mouth of the South’ Hart, with the caption “New job uniform”.
A long history of cross-overs between the worlds of mixed martial arts and sports entertainment adds credence to the possibility of the shock switch.
Brock Lesnar, CM Punk and Batista all swapped the WWE for MMA, while Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson went the other way and Alberto del Rio fought in both spheres concurrently.
Such is McGregor’s cross-cultural caché, that any number of other alternative post-UFC métiers have been mooted.
The Notorious is 7/1 to appear in a film, 10/1 to follow ex-fighters like Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton into promotion and 200/1 to run for Taoiseach in the Republic of Ireland.
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