“I’m Happy With the Opponent“: Conor McGregor Gets Brutally Honest on Why He Chose Michael Chandler as His Comeback Fight

Published 05/31/2023, 1:26 PM EDT

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Before wearing his fighting gear and stepping inside the octagon, Conor McGregor takes up the coaching role at The Ultimate Fighter Season 31. McGregor has been inactive due to a brutal leg injury against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Recently, fans had the opportunity to see the Irishman in TUF’s first episode.

Adding a bit more to the excitement that surrounds him, Conor McGregor appeared in a candid interview with UFC’s Megan Olivi. There, he discussed everything from his TUF experience to his plans. When asked about why he chose Michael Chandler as an opponent, McGregor had some surprising comments to make.

Conor McGregor praises Michael Chandler


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After The Ultimate Fighter concludes, McGregor will face off against Michael Chandler somewhere around December, according to the latest reports. Chandler, known for his exciting fights, poses an intriguing challenge for McGregor.


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When asked about Chandler, McGregor acknowledged his exciting fighting style and described him as a gamer who is always willing to step up and compete. The Irishman also acknowledged that Chandler is not a bad fighter, indicating that he respects his skills inside the octagon. Ultimately, McGregor expressed his satisfaction with the matchup, stating that it didn’t bother him as he was content with facing Chandler.

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“He has put on some exciting fights. He is eager, he’s willing to fight, he’s a gamer, you’d call him and he’s not a bad fighter either. I’m happy with the opponent, I don’t actually care. I accepted this show, it was me and Chandler so oh again I don’t it doesn’t bother me.”

Conor McGregor about training while coaching TUF


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Another interesting moment of the interview was when McGregor talked about training while coaching at TUF. The interviewer asked him how he managed to train and coach fighters at the same time. McGregor quickly responded by saying that he was sparring side by side with contestants, but not with them. Moreover, McGregor revealed that he had his own sparring partner with him, who was also a strong wrestler.

“I didn’t want to spar with contestants, there’s no need for that. I brought in a good solid wrestler and he’s a good solid fighter also he’s an NCAA Champion Division One, so I’ve been sparring with him.”


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As the countdown to McGregor‘s fight draws near, fans can’t help but anticipate the fireworks that it will unfold.


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Sushant Sharma


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Anuj Jacob