Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor hasn’t competed in the octagon since he suffered gruesome fractures of his tibia and fibula during a loss to Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 264 in July 2021.
It’s unknown if McGregor will ever again main-event a card for the promotion, but he has embraced yet another endeavor outside of the combat-sports world.
ESPN’s Marc Raimondi reported Wednesday afternoon that McGregor will make his film debut in an upcoming remake of the 1980s movie “Road House” that originally starred Patrick Swayze. Per Justin Kroll of Deadline, the new movie will star Jake Gyllenhaal and will be available on Amazon Prime Video whenever it is released.
“Conor McGregor is very excited to expand his storied career to Hollywood and join with Jake Gyllenhaal in this reimagining of ‘Road House,’ a beloved classic,” McGregor’s spokesperson Karen J. Kessler told ESPN via a statement. “While fighting remains his top focus, this is the beginning of another successful venture in the McGregor empire. He is eager to get started filming.”
Kroll added that the 34-year-old former “champ-champ” will play a unique character and not himself for the “Road House” project. Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, will portray a former UFC fighter who serves as a bouncer at a Florida Keys establishment. The release date for the film has yet to be determined.
According to Raimondi, McGregor and his camp sold the majority of his Proper Twelve whiskey brand to Jose Cuervo “in a deal worth upward of $600 million” back in April 2021. Financially speaking, the outspoken Irishman seemingly has plenty of reasons to focus on non-fighting business opportunities for the foreseeable future.