Conor McGregor’s return is set.
The Irishman will coach the long running reality show The Ultimate Fighter against Michael Chandler, with the two set to face each other in a date later this year.
UFC president Dana White announced the news early on Saturday morning.
“Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler will go head to head as the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter,” White said. “It airs May 30 and runs through August 15 on ESPN the network and ESPN+”.
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McGregor himself had noted he been offered the role last week, writing on his social media: “With a big black eye and a gash, my tricolor, and my new and first ever UFC gold belt, I waltzed into the notorious fight gym in Las Vegas. The slickest suits and shouts the show had ever seen before. On top of the silverware. And I coached my team to victory. Crazy. Some journey. I have just been offered to coach this role again. I like it. It is full immersion which is needed. I see fighters lining up. I know whats ahead I been ready motherfuckers.”
For Chandler, it’s all about getting a fight he’s long been chasing, with him regularly (and respectfully) calling out McGregor on numerous occasions.