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Vin Diesel: McGregor turned down ‘xXx’ movie role to ‘get his manhood back’ against Diaz

Vin Diesel says Conor McGregor pulled out of xXx to restore his manhood against Nate Diaz at UFC 202.

UFC 202: Diaz v McGregor 2 Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images

Last year, Conor McGregor secured his first Hollywood movie role in Vin Diesel’s 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'. But the Irishman was quick to pull out of the film after losing to Nate Diaz via rear-naked choke at UFC 196.

Diesel, real name Mark Sinclair, says McGregor turned down the xXx role to ‘get his manhood back’ against Diaz.

"I wanted to have an English accent in the movie," Diesel told Brazilian TV show Giro Combate in a recent interview (h/t Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting). "I had created a role for Conor McGregor and after he lost to Nate Diaz, he had to go to a dark place, he had to go get his manhood back to fight the second time, so he wasn't able to do this film at the time.

McGregor wanted to focus solely on MMA to prepare for the rematch at UFC 202, and the sacrifice seemed to pay off. ‘The Notorious’ engaged in a five-round war with Diaz and walked away with the majority decision in August.

Diesel, 49, was determined to find another ‘English accent’ as a replacement, but McGregor hails from Ireland and has a strong Dublin accent.

Eventually, Michael Bisping was selected as the Englishman for the job, and ‘The Count’ will star as the character ‘Hawk’ in the upcoming movie. Bisping has also featured as a villain in the British TV series Hollyoaks.

"But I needed that accent, I wanted this English accent to be speckled in the movie,” Diesel said. “But I also wanted someone that could do fight sequences. A lot of the UFC guys do great fight sequences in movies. You saw when I put Gina Carano in 6, and Ronda Rousey in 7. I had great experiences when putting UFC fighters in the movie, so I wanted someone that had that English accent, they talk like this, and I got Michael Bisping to come and do that."

McGregor, 28, captured the lightweight title and became the UFC’s first simultaneous two-division champion when he TKO’d Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. However, the SBG Ireland product was soon stripped of the featherweight title and the belt was returned to Brazil’s Jose Aldo.

xXx: Return of Xander Cage is set for nationwide release on January 19.