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Conor McGregor, the record-breaking two-weight UFC world champion, has made no bones about his desire to own a slice of the company he has represented for the past six years. 

The sale of the UFC from former owners Zuffa and the Fertitta Brothers to Endeavor (formerly WME-IMG) for a reported sum of $4.2 billion two years ago opened the door for investment opportunities for a select group of big names in Hollywood, with the likes of Conan O’Brien, Ben Affleck and Mark Wahlberg (among others) all buying in to the company.

Ever since defeating Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC lightweight title in November 2016, his second undisputed UFC title, McGregor has made it known that his services to the organisation is worthy of having his name listed among the consortium, something which the Irishman noted again in an overnight Tweet exchange with Justin Bieber, who took it upon himself to challenge A-List actor Tom Cruise to a bout in the octagon.

“I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you dont take this fight your [sic] scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight?” Bieber announced.

McGregor offered to host the bout under the banner of his McGregor Sports & Entertainment promotional company, the group who helped broker McGregor’s hugely-lucrative boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in August 2017.

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

Further to that, McGregor offered to face Mark Wahlberg on the very same card in a battle to determine who should be a rightful shareholder for the UFC.

“I challenge Mark Walhberg on the very same card,” McGregor chimed in. “Back when Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark, I’d’ve still slapped the ears off him and took my UFC shares back.”

The potential card could also have another blockbuster bout attached to it as Michael Avenatti, former lawyer to Stormy Daniels, announced his interested in taking on “Biff”, Donald Trump Jr.

Me versus Biff (Donald Trump Jr.) would be far more entertaining although likely far shorter,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter. “I’m in. But he will never have the sprouts.”