UFC president Dana White acknowledged on Thursday that he had been involved in discussions regarding a potential fight between actor Tom Cruise and singer Justin Bieber.
"It is true," White said at Hashtag Sports 2019, per Nolan King of MMA Junkie. "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."
Back on June 9, the 25-year-old Bieber took to social media to issue a challenge to the 56-year-old Cruise, putting White on notice in the process:
Bieber later told TMZ Sports that it wasn't a serious challenge, saying that it was just a "random tweet" that he has been known to send. He added that Cruise would "probably whoop my ass in a fight."
That has done little to silence the noise surrounding a potential showdown, though.
White told TMZ Sports earlier this month that he was open to making a fight happen if all parties involved were willing:
He also said that a Bieber-Cruise bout would feature the "biggest purse ever" and "the biggest pay-per-view ever":
White echoed similar sentiments on Thursday, saying there would be no shortage of interest in the fight.
"Oh my god, it would be massive," White said, per Nolan. "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."
While White has said he has heard Cruise would be interested, the actor has yet to comment on the matter. And given Bieber's so-called change of heart, any comments made my Cruise may prove to be irrelevant.