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    Justin Bieber backtracked when asked last week if he was serious about taking on Tom Cruise in the Octagon, joking that the 56-year-old Mission Impossible star would "whoop my ass in a fight".

    TMZ claims pop star Justin Bieber has agreed to a face off against Top Gun star Tom Cruise in an unbelievable UFC showdown in the Octagon.
    They report that Ari Emanuel, the co-CEO of the William Morris Endeavor agency owning UFC, had a conference call with Bieber's manager and UFC President Dana White.

    Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun is reported to have intimated the celebrity would "absolutely" fight Cruise, if the Mission Impossible icon was up for it too.

    ​It was claimed that Emanuel "strongly believes" Cruise, 56 and in incredible shape, would agree to step into the Octagon.

    What seems to have started as a joke challenge idly tossed out on Twitter, might actually happen, if the reports circling in the media are true.

    Canadian Justin Bieber, a huge international pop icon estimated to have sold around 140 million records, started talk of a fight with Tom Cruise in a tweet posted last week, as he tagged UFC boss Dana White in the message:

    The tweeted challenge set off a frenzy on social media.

    ​However, when the challenge was followed up by TMZ last week, Bieber responded with a clarification:

    “Man... I was just playing, it was just a random tweet, I’m pretty sure Tom would probably whoop my ass in a fight,” he said.
    “I’d have to get super in shape, I’m really skinny right now. I think he’d probably be out of my weight class. He’s got that dad strength.”

    ​Dana White, speaking about the possible bout, is cited by TMZ as saying:

    “Let me tell you what, I’d be an idiot not to make this fight. That would be the easiest fight to ever promote in the history of my career.”


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