Conor McGregor doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon after coaching The Ultimate Fighter.
‘The Notorious’ is preparing to lock into training camp for his upcoming fight against Michael Chandler. The former two-division UFC champion last fought in July 2021, suffering a severe leg injury that took over a year to heal fully. Since then, McGregor has stayed busy between business ventures, injury recovery, starring in a movie, and coaching TUF.
Now that he’s accomplished side quests, McGregor is returning to the Octagon with his next opponent expected to be fellow TUF coach Michael Chandler. ‘The Notorious’ recently joined Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports to discuss various topics, including what’s next in his fighting career. During the interview, the Dublin native had this to say about wanting to stay active:
“I’m excited to get going. What do I hope for in this world? I hope for 100 fights. I hope for 100 more fights. I’m working for consistency. I’ve been getting this on, off, on, off nonsense for too long, via fight politics, via injuries, via just life. It does happen. It’s God’s plan. It’s all God, so I accept and understand it, but I’m excited and hopeful that I can get a nice consecutive run of bouts…”
McGregor continued by saying:
“I’ve got a lot of exciting fights. I’ve got some rivalries. You’ve got guys on the climb, you’ve got guys potentially in other divisions that are supposed to be the best. There’s loads of bouts I could have and I’m excited for every single one of them.”
McGregor will likely fight Chandler next, but that’s not the only exciting matchup available. ‘The Notorious’ still has ongoing rivalries with Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier, who seem interested in future bouts. There are several other intriguing opponents, including Max Holloway and Jorge Masvidal.
Watch Robbie Fox interview Conor McGregor below:
Conor McGregor says The Ultimate Fighter ended ‘too soon’
Before fighting in the UFC again, Conor McGregor must pass enough drug tests to be approved by USADA. Therefore, McGregor decided to coach The Ultimate Fighter to stay active and immerse himself in the grind. During the same interview, ‘The Notorious’ had this to say about the experience of coaching TUF for the second time:
“It’s almost a little bit over too soon, so I want to continue it almost. I’m trying to formulate my camp now as I begin post-show preparations. I gotta great start here. We hit the ground running, I was immersed in the training with the lads myself. I was sparring when they were sparring. We had some good work, it was a good show, great experience.”
Season 31 of TUF will premiere on Tuesday, May 30, with a new episode airing weekly. According to Dana White, the relationship between McGregor and Michael Chandler started friendly but ended with a physical altercation. The two UFC superstars will meet in the Octagon before the end of 2023.
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