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Justin Bieber drops Tom Cruise callout: ‘He’s got that dad strength’

That de-escalated quickly.

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Twitter callouts are a trend in prizefighting, and many big matchups have started this way. And in a surprising turn of events, pop star Justin Bieber decided to join in on this trend by challenging 56-year-old actor Tom Cruise to an MMA fight.

Bieber had some strong words for the Hollywood veteran, which UFC superstar Conor McGregor also decided to try and bank on. “The Notorious” even offered to host the fight and put the promoter hat on.

The mere idea of the fight didn’t seem too absurd, given the matchups that sprouted out from sheer novelty, and the possibility of an instant money-grab. This one, however, won’t go beyond being a buzzworthy headline, as Bieber himself doused the fire on the would-be celebrity fight.

“I was just playing,” Bieber told TMZ. “It was just a random tweet. I do that stuff sometimes.

“I think he would probably whoop my ass in a fight. 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.”

McGregor wanted to be part of that supposed card and fight Mark Wahlberg, and it would be now interesting how that one pans out.