- Gilbert Burns has come out to accuse Conor McGregor of kicking out a TUF 31 contestant who also happened to be his teammate
- “The Notorious” has previously dismissed the same type of accusation
As advertised, The Ultimate Fighter Season 31 is already gaining traction and the production had just begun filming. Recent reports claim TUF 31 coach Conor McGregor has removed a couple of contestants from his team and replaced them with people he brought along with him.
While nothing is concrete yet, UFC welterweight contender Gilbert Burns shared the same sentiment and alleged “The Notorious” kicked his teammate out of the group.
Gilbert says Conor kicked out a well-rounded fighter
Lashing out at McGregor on Twitter, “Durinho” revealed what he learned so far. According to Burns, Loik Radzhabov, who is one of the lightweight contestants on the reported TUF 31 roster list, was forcefully removed by McGregor.
“This guy is my teammate! Loik Radzhabov 2x PFL finalist 155! Work so hard and was ready to finally get his shot in the UFC on TUF was in Vegas everything good to go! This freaking Conor bring his own guys and they kick him out! Not Fear!” Burns wrote.
This guy is my teammate!
Loik Radzhabov 2x PFL finalist 155! Work so hard and was ready to finally get his shot in the UFC on TUF was in Vegas everything good to go! This freaking Conor bring his own guys and they kick him out! 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ Not Fear! pic.twitter.com/qQ0JXspn75
— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) February 18, 2023
The coach has denied it
In an earlier report, it was noted that McGregor had also kicked out three TUF 31 contestants. The former UFC two-division champ shared his side of the story in a now-deleted tweet and denied having any knowledge about the allegations.
McGregor insists that the only person he knows in the show is himself and he is laser-focused on getting back on track.
TUF 31 is McGregor’s second term as a coach in the UFC reality show. He made his debut in 2015 against Uriah Faber but they didn’t face each other in the season finale. This time, “The Notorious” will take on his TUF rival coach Michael Chandler in the end in what many already anticipate will be a blockbuster showdown.
McGregor will try to put his name back on the map after being sidelined due to a gruesome leg injury he suffered at UFC 264. Chandler, meanwhile, will prove that he is capable of beating the biggest name in the sport and finally get back to his winning ways following a submission loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 281.
As for Burns, he is set to face fellow welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal at UFC 287.