No one’s ever confused Justin Bieber for being a hard-nosed badass. Sure, the Grammy-winning pop star has had his fair share of run-ins with the law, including several instances of assault allegations throughout the years, but it’s always felt like a big show trying to get away from his past as the YouTube sensation who stole America’s hearts in 2009.
That’s why what the Beebs did on social media late Sunday night wasn’t really much of a surprise, but it still confused the hell out of everyone.
The 25-year-old Canadian singer challenged iconic American actor Tom Cruise (who’s twice as old as Bieber, by the way) to a UFC fight. After basically calling Cruise a chicken, Bieber tagged UFC President Dana White in the tweet asking if he’ll host this ridiculous matchup.
“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 ?”
I need this. I want this. I won’t lie and say Bieber’s songs don’t get me dancing, because they do, but this guy needs to get slapped around a little bit. Bieber announced in an Instagram post back on March 25 that he was taking a break from music to repair “deep rooted issues” in his life, including his marriage to 22-year-old model Hailey Baldwin.
Yet, here we are just a few weeks later, and Bieber’s making headlines with an unprompted challenge of Tom Cruise, who has zero affiliation with this kid.
Let’s look at the tale of the tape for this once-in-a-lifetime showdown.
Justin “Don’t Call Me Baby” Bieber
Weight: About 150 pounds
Fighting Experience: He once fought some guy who was driving a minivan.
Tom “Mr. Scientology” Cruise
Weight: About 150 pounds
Fighting Experience: Every Mission: Impossible movie. He’s The Last Samurai. He fought aliens in War of the Worlds. He’s Jack Reacher. And of course, he’s Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell from Top Gun for God’s sake.
This fight is a no-brainer. I need Las Vegas to give me the odds on this so I can bet my life savings on Tom Cruise winning via knockout in the first round.
Unfortunately, the fight of the century will probably never take place (because why would 56-year-old TC stoop to this level of ridiculousness?), but Bieber’s tweet did create plenty of buzz online. Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor even offered to promote the fight himself through McGregor Sports and Entertainment, plus he threw down a celebrity MMA challenge of his own.
Conor McGregor versus Mark Wahlberg.
Ladies and gentleman, we officially have an undercard.