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Michael Chandler Throws His Name In As Conor McGregor Seemingly Gets His ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Wish Granted by Dana White

Published 01/26/2023, 6:12 AM EST

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After a surprising turn of events which saw Conor McGregor announce he might potentially return as a coach in the UFC’s very own reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, another top lightweight contender, also seems to have thrown his name in the hat as well. Talks about McGregor’s return this year have been one too many, with even John Kavanagh recently going on ‘The MMA Hour’ and confirming a comeback this year. To the surprise of fans, Mac’s return might just not be inside the Octagon but at TUF.

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‘The Notorious’ was last seen in TUF opposite Urijah Faber in 2015 in the show’s 22nd season. Although there are no official confirmations on who will be joining him, there is no dearth of possible names. One fighter who seems to have expressed interest is Lightweight contender, Michael Chandler. Interestingly, even UFC president Dana White also shared McGregor’s post on his story, thus giving fans an unofficial confirmation. 

Michael Chandler is interested in coaching TUF against Conor McGregor

Michael Chandler has proved himself to be a mainstay in the top 5 of the Lightweight division, mainly owing to his electrifying fights. Although the former Bellator champ might have come short a few times, his losses have come against only the best in the division. While Chandler has time and again called out McGregor, no one could have predicted them as coaches. Especially as opposing coaches inside the TUF house.

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In a tweet following McGregor’s post on Instagram, Chandler sent out the following tweet: “Conor coaching TUF?”


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‘Iron’ surely is the front-runner to face McGregor in his eventual return. Even Dana White has on a few occasions mentioned that he would like to see two go at it. Naturally, a season of TUF, followed by a big main event, must be a mouth-watering idea for the promotion. And with White’s seemingly confirming McGregor’s TUF appearance, fans might just see this happen soon.


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If McGregor and Chandler appear on the new season of TUF, it will surely be big. Both fighters are good on the mic and would also give viewers a taste of what could happen if they were to clash in the octagon. What do you think?

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Pragjyoti Singh

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Pragjyoti is a UFC writer at Essentially Sports. He is extremely passionate about MMA and has a good understanding of the sport and its technicalities. Having trained in the sport along with a passion for journalism, it has helped him develop a keen interest in the UFC and anything related to the promotion.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu