• Fighting words: Justin Bieber challenges Tom Cruise to mixed martial arts bout

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    We've seen celebrity boxing matches before.

    Danny Bonaduce of "Partridge Family" fame beat Barry Williams in a very Brady match in 2002. On the same card, Todd Bridges of "Diff'rent Strokes" thumped Vanilla Ice.

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    That was traditional boxing. Now, Justin Bieber wants to square off against Tom Cruise in a mixed martial arts match. In a tweet, Bieber wrote he wanted to challenge Cruise in the octagon.

    The 25-year-old singer ended his tweet by suggesting Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White could set up the bout. The UFC is the world's largest MMA company.

    Is this a mission impossible? That is uncertain, since Cruise, 56, has yet to comment about the challenge, according to Entertainment Weekly.

    But if Cruise accepts, former MMA champion Conor McGregor said he is prepared to host a fight.

    "If Tom Cruise is man enough to accept this challenge, McGregor Sports and Entertainment will host the bout," McGregor tweeted.

    While it is unknown whether Bieber has a strong right hand, several celebrities -- including actress Lane Lynch and "Riverdale's" Cole Sprouse -- called him out for his writing hand, which penned a grammatical error in his tweet. Bieber wrote "your" instead of "you're."

    According to the online betting site Odds Shark,, Bieber would be an early favorite to win at -200 to Cruise's +150, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    It's certainly a baffling challenge, and some Twitter users are expressing their confusion and amusement.

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