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Vin Diesel: Conor McGregor pulled out of 'xXx' movie to 'get his manhood back’ against Nate Diaz

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Conor McGregor had a role created for him in Vin Diesel’s ‘xXx: The Return of Xander Cage’ movie, but decided to pull out after losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196.

McGregor avenged his first loss inside the Octagon with a decision victory over Diaz five months, and Diesel, who replaced “The Notorious” with Michael Bisping in the movie, explained the change in an interview with Brazilian TV show Giro Combate.

"I wanted to have an English accent in the movie," Diesel said. "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.

"But I needed that accent, I wanted this English accent to be speckled in the movie. 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."

While he was filming ‘xXx' in Toronto, Bisping got a call from UFC president Dana White asking if he would replace injured Chris Weidman against middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, and scored one of the biggest upsets of the year to win the UFC title by first-round knockout.