Update: Justin Bieber Was “Just Playing” About His Fight With Tom Cruise

Remember when we reported that Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a UFC fight? Yeah, that’s not happening anymore.

On June 9th, 25-year-old pop star Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise “to fight in the octagon.” He even tagged the President of UFC, Dana White. But in a twist that surprises absolutely no one, Bieber backed out of the challenge before Cruise even responded.

According to TMZ, a reporter asked Bieber about the unprompted challenge on his way out of Haily Baldwin’s fashion line office. Unlike his tweet, the singer responded nervously and shyly.

“Man…I was just playing,” he said. “It was just a random tweet. I’m pretty sure Tom would probably whoop my [expletive] in a fight.” Based on the hundreds of Twitter reactions to his initial post, everyone else thought the same.

“I’d have to get super in shape,” Bieber added. “I’m really skinny right now.

“I think he’d probably be out of my weight class,” he added yet again. “He’s got dad strength.”

Internet users still debate on whether or not he was sincerely joking. Either way, it seems like the MMA fight of the century is off the table.