At UFC 276 Israel Adesanya wowed fans by performing his own version of The Undertaker’s legendary entrance, but how did Vince McMahon feel about the shock move?
After WWE Money In The Bank wrapped at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 2nd, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and Pat McAfee headed to UFC 276.
The card was headlined by the Middleweight Championship bout between champion Israel Adesanya and Jared Cannonier. Adesanya retained his title via a unanimous points decision.
However, it was the champion’s entrance that got fans talking. Adesanya entered the arena to The Undertaker’s music, wearing his signature hat while carrying an urn.
While The Deadman heaped praise on the UFC star, calling him a “great entertainer,” many fans have wondered how Vince McMahon felt about the tribute.
Speaking on The Pat McAfee Show, McAfee revealed that no one out of the WWE contingent knew about the special entrance. Not that McMahon seemed to mind.
“I’m sitting there and the obvious question is ‘Did you guys know this was coming? Did we just so happen to be here when one of these things happened?’ I don’t think they knew that was coming,” McAfee said. “I’m not saying they were upset about it though, I think they loved that it was happening.”
McAfee revealed that he even got a big laugh out of McMahon for suggesting that he should venture into MMA.
“At one point I actually looked at Vince and was like ‘Hey, you should think about f*cking doing this, seems like a pretty cool thing,’ got a big pop out of him. I guess [Israel Adesanya] is a big WWE fan, we were honoured to be over there and got a chance to sit directly behind his corner.”
Israel Adesanya has been open about his desire to try his hand at professional wrestling, commenting after his latest victory that he is “definitely” going to jump into WWE when his time in the octagon in over.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.