Remember last year, when one of our greatest entertainment hopes was that UFC champ Conor McGregor would make good on that rumor declaring him as part of the season 7 cast of Game of Thrones? Well, add this to the ever-growing list of early-2017 disappointments: Conor McGregor will not be appearing on Game of Thrones in a listed role. In fact, Conor McGregor won’t be appearing anywhere except in a ring, in a corner across from legend Floyd Mayweather — not if he has anything to do with it, anyway.
McGregor reportedly turned down a casted role in the HBO megaseries, as well as a lead role in the upcoming film The Predator. Why? Because the pay wasn’t up to par and the time commitment was too much for the fighter. “They came in and tried to sell the whole shit,” McGregor said in his Pay Per View interview last weekend. “[They said] ‘We want you to be the main guy and you’re gonna fight [the] Predator.’ And I’m like, ‘This sounds brilliant! How much?’ Not enough... if I was to do it, [it] would mean eight weeks in Canada, in Toronto or somewhere. It’s too long [of] a time. You can’t do a million things at once.”
No, you can’t do a million things at once. If you’re Conor McGregor, you don’t even want to do two things at once if you’ve got a fight with Mayweather on your mind. Along with the turndown of any appearances on screen, McGregor is also stepping away from Dana White and his UFC empire to pursue the boxing bout.
During that same PPV interview, McGregor confirmed that he has put his UFC career on hold. "Me and Floyd have got to get together and talk to figure it out, the same way him and Manny [Pacquiao] figured it out," McGregor said. "Once we come to a set number that I'm happy with and he's happy with, then we go to the customers, then we go to the promoters, the buyers, then we get it done. So that's next. I'll go to Vegas, we'll figure the situation out and we’ll come to a dotted line and then we're going. This is happening."
So there you have it. The 2017 Conor McGregor won’t be bringing us any rear-naked chokes, no fights with “The Mountain” from GoT, and no epic battle scenes with an extraterrestrial predator. But you can bet that McGregor will be bringing plenty of entertainment to the masses this year with some good old-fashioned trash talk while he trains to take on Mayweather. He already called Pretty Boy a “Malteser with eyeballs.”