A few days ago, Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to the unlikeliest of challenges – a fight in the UFC Octagon.
Despite a discernible lack of bad blood between the pop giant and screen icon, Bieber issued the bizarre challenge on Twitter and even tried to catch the attention of UFC boss Dana White to secure the bout.
Piling on the trash talk, Bieber wrote: “I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you don’t take this fight your [sic] scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight? @danawhite?”
Coming to his senses, Bieber has since admitted to TMZ that he was just kidding around. “It was just a random tweet, I do that stuff sometimes.”
On who would win, Bieber reckoned the Mission Impossible star would probably “whoop my ass.”
“I’d need to get in better shape. He’s got that Dad strength,” Bieber mused.
A fair assessment considering that Cruise is well known for performing all his own death-defying stunts. Bieber, meanwhile, was previously punched by Orlando Bloom during a fight in Ibiza.
Joke or not, people were quick to chime in on potential forfeits, comedian Dan LaMorte replied: “if u lose u gotta become a Scientologist tho.”
Whereas others were just desperate for new music. “I wanna challenge user Justin Bieber to release his 5th studio album,” said one user.
Meanwhile, Bieber broke his own self-imposed hiatus last month to release a new single with Ed Sheeran. The pair have teamed up on ‘I Don’t Care’, marking their second collaboration after Sheeran wrote ‘Love Yourself’ from Bieber’s 2015 album ‘Purpose’. It features on Sheeran’s forthcoming ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’, which is set to arrive in July.
Cruise, meanwhile, will next be seen in the anticipated Top Gun: Maverick, a direct sequel to the 1986 movie. It is set for release in 2020.