“To Get Back to the…”: Conor McGregor Reveals His ’Motivation and Reason’ for Returning as a TUF Coach

Published 02/24/2023, 3:05 AM EST

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The return of Conor McGregor has undoubtedly taken over the attention of MMA fans. With Michael Chandler as the coach of the rival team, the excitement has seemingly multiplied. Although the former double champion’s return was highly anticipated by the combat sports community, one could hardly think of him getting back as a coach for TUF. Recently, Oscar Willis, from ‘The Mac Life’, had a talk with the ‘Mystic Man’ at the TUF gym. Without a doubt, Willis asked ‘The Notorious’ about his motivation for returning as a coach. 

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Eight years ago, McGregor coached against Uriah Faber on TUF 22. Unfortunately, Team McGregor was unable to secure a win. Doubtlessly, the world remains in anticipation as the Irish fighter seemingly gives it his all to win against Chandler.

Conor McGregor’s motivation for TUF 31

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The shoot for TUF 31 has already begun and the coaches have commenced their training programs. With McGregor on the frontline, the world expects the TUF to shoot higher than ever. However, the MMA world remained in the shadows as to why McGregor chose to come back as a coach instead of a fighter. Willis took notice of the public’s curiosity. 

Willis asked, “Conor, I think everyone was expecting you to come back, but I don’t know if they were expecting you to come back as a coach of The Ultimate Fighter first. So, I’m curious. Why did you do it? This way, what was the motivation behind doing this again?” Undeniably, McGregor lifted himself even higher with his reply.

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The Dubliner answered, “To be fully immersed. To be immersed in, in, in the game, in, in the, in the business, in the company. And to be around these young hungry fighters that are coming up and I may put myself right in the mix and get back out, and get back on the horse. So, that was my, that was my motivation and reason for doing it, you know. Also to get back to the game, you know. Give my wisdom and my knowledge to the next generation and then, you know, feed off that energy also.”

Gordon Ryan wishes to coach against Conor McGregor 

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The BJJ legend, Gordon Ryan, recently appeared on Brendan Schaub’s talk show. Unquestionably, they couldn’t steer away from a discussion about TUF 31. While the BJJ first-degree black belt seemingly predicted the proceedings for the season, he sleekly hinted at his desire to coach against McGregor.

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Furthermore, Schaub believed that if Ryan got involved in the TUF, its ratings would skyrocket, and the hype would rise. Nevertheless, the show would get back up with Chandler and McGregor on the front lines. 

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What are your thoughts on McGregor’s comeback as a coach? Let us know in the comments down below. 

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Krushna Prasad Pattnaik

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Krushna Pattnaik is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Coming from a pharmaceutical background with a master's degree in the same and multiple scientific publications, his passion for combat sports and writing brought him to EssentiallySports, where both of his passions met in a beautiful collaboration. He is an instrumentalist and has a profound love for books.
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