Conor McGregor challenges 'actress' Mark Wahlberg to fight

  • Conor McGregor is continuing his campaign for shares in UFC.
  • He has been rebuffed by the UFC boss Dana White in previous years, and even retired from the sport last week.
  • But now he has found a potential new way to get a cut of UFC profits — by fighting, and beating, the actor Mark Wahlberg for his stake in the business.
  • Wahlberg is yet to respond to the challenge.

Conor McGregor has challenged the Mark Wahlberg to a fight just days after announcing his retirement from MMA — and he called him an "actress" in the process.

Though he may have called time on his UFC career, the Irish striker is still picking fights and currently has "The Fighter" actor Wahlberg in his crosshairs.

The reason may well be a simple one.

McGregor has long campaigned for a cut of UFC profits as he wants to draw dividends from the company as a shareholder. He requested an equity stake in the company in 2016, 2017, and, more recently, in 2019.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his victory over Eddie Alvarez in their UFC lightweight championship fight during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Nevada , United States - 26 August 2017; Conor McGregor, right, and Floyd Mayweather Jr during their super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor takes part in UFC 205 Open Workouts at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor (L) hits Nate Diaz with a left during their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland , Ireland - 19 November 2016; UFC Lightweight and Featherweight champion Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night 99 in the SSE Arena, Belfast. (Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland takes the belt of lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez (not pictured) during the UFC 205 press conference inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Artem Lobov of Russia celebrates with teammate and UFC champion Conor McGregor after his featherweight bout against Teruto Ishihara during the UFC Fight Night at the SSE Arena on November 19, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Lobov defeated Ishihara by unanimous-decision. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
New York , United States - 17 March 2017; UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor during an interview in The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland warms up backstage at Madison Square Garden prior to his lightweight championship fight agianst Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 event on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland poses for a picture during the UFC 205 post fight press conference at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland warms up in his locker room prior to his lightweight title fight against Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Eddie Alvarez of the United States (right) fights against Conor McGregor of Ireland in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland warms up in his locker room prior to his lightweight title fight against Eddie Alvarez during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: (R-L) Conor McGregor of Ireland and Eddie Alvarez face off during the UFC 205 weigh-in inside Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor reacts during UFC 205 Weigh-ins at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland interacts with fans and media during the UFC 205 press conference inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor of Ireland interacts with the media and fans during the UFC 205 press event at Madison Square Garden on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Nov 12, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) celebrates with his two championship belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) in their lightweight title bout during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Conor McGregor of Ireland steps onto the scale during the UFC 205 weigh-in inside Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: (R-L) Nate Diaz punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor waits for the start of his welterweight rematch against Nate Diaz at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by majority decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to walkout prior to facing Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: (2nd L-R) Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, golfer Rory Mcllroy and singer Niall Horan celebrate McGregor's UFC 202 victory during the official after-fight party at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: (L-R) Conor McGregor punches Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor of Ireland fights Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Sep 27, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) fights Dustin Poirier (red gloves) during a featherweight fight during UFC 178 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor (blue gloves) is victorious over Dustin Poirier during a featherweight fight during UFC 178 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Dennis Siver of Germany in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at the TD Garden on January 18, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 25: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor face off during their official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on August 25, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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He was rebuffed every time, something that perhaps prompted his shock retirement last week, but he has now thought of a new way to get UFC shares — by fighting, and beating, Wahlberg for his.

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Wahlberg is one of 23 celebrity UFC investors who gained a fraction of the company when it was sold to WME/IMG for $4 billion in 2016.

McGregor, who made $100 million in his 10th round loss to Floyd Mayweather the following year, wants a cut.

"I've decided to challenge Hollywood actress Mark Wahlberg next," McGregor tweeted at the weekend. "A fight for all the shares!"

Wahlberg, who has yet to respond to the challenge, is no stranger to the fight game. He played the popular Massachussetts brawler Micky Ward in the 2010 biopic "The Fighter," is friends with eight-weight world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao, and even keeps himself in shape by training at the famous Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood.

He is also seen ringside at combat sports events in Las Vegas.

When one of McGregor's followers said Wahlberg's acting prowess as a tough guy would make him change his mind, McGregor responded by saying he'd "smack" him "and his brothers around."

He added: "It wouldn't be the first crew of brothers I've smacked around. Check the history books. The UFC history books."

McGregor was involved in a UFC 202 pre-fight press conference confrontation where he arrived late, witnessed Nate Diaz and his brother Nick leave the event, and then threw a bottle of water at the Diaz entourage.

McGregor shouted "shut your f------ mouth, you'll do nothin,'" as the Diaz brothers left the venue.

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The Irishman fought Diaz twice, avenging his UFC 196 loss by beating the Californian at UFC 202 in 2016.

McGregor lost in the fourth round of a UFC 229 event against Khabib Nurmagomedov last October, and had to defend himself when Nurmagomedov's brother Abubakar jumped the fence and exchanged blows with the 30-year-old.

McGregor was suspended for the role he played in the post-fight brawls but is free to fight from April 6.

The Nurmagomedov brothers, meanwhile, are banned until June 6.

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