Conor McGregor almost said no to coaching on The Ultimate Fighter

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Conor McGregor is one of the biggest names in the sporting world right now, and that means offers outside the Otctagon are coming his way.

But, whilst he is more than happy to help build his brand, it looks like he is taking careful consideration before accepting each offer.

In a newly uploaded video Conor McGregor discusses how he almost didn't go through with coaching Season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter. 


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“It should be me coaching against Chad for the next fight. That was the original plan”

Conor said at the start of the interview. The original casting was upset by Jose Aldo pulling out of their scheduled bout at UFC 189. When Mendes replaced Aldo, the UFC brass had to work quickly to re-cast another coach for the upcoming season. Urijah Faber was drafted in as a last minute replacement, to the dismay of McGregor.

McGregor grew to accept his position on the show, however, stating:

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity".

McGregor's rise to fame has been unprecedented. He has gone from an outspoken brash character beating all comers at a local level to an outspoken brash character beating all comers at the top level. The only real difference is he is now one of the top paid fighters in the UFC.

Light Work

McGregor, never one to back away from a fight, was hoping to get a fight at the end of the season against his opposing coach Faber. He hinted that he had asked for a fight against Faber before UFC 194, maybe even on the Dublin card which he really wanted to be on:

“I could go in and make light work of Urijah. I could maul him inside one…We could do the Jose fight towards the end of the year.”

The UFC were never going to put one of the biggest fight cards in their history in jeopardy. Not even to keep the Irishman happy.

As for coaching, McGregor intimated that he would not be teaching these guys how to fight but how to mentally prepare themselves for each fight:

“I’m not gonna hold there hand…I’m certainly gonna put them in the mind frame that they need to be in,” McGregor stated.

We look forward to the upcoming season which will air on September 9th. There is no doubt that McGregor makes for compelling viewing, so be sure to tune in.

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