Islam Makhachev questions McGregor’s dedication to MMA due to unsavory lifestyle

The much-awaited return of Conor McGregor to the octagon is finally confirmed, and he will be facing Michael Chandler. However, before their anticipated matchup, the two will go head-to-head as opposing coaches on season 31 of TUF.

Questions have been raised about McGregor’s interest in handpicking Chandler, as Islam Makhachev recently expressed his doubts about McGregor’s commitment to MMA.

Speaking on the Weighing in podcast, Makhachev stated that he doesn’t think McGregor is serious about launching a comeback due to unsavory lifestyle:


“I think it’s going to be 170. Maybe if he beats Chandler, they’re going to try to push him and make 155. I know they want to give him title chance.”

Despite this, McGregor appears determined to make his return and prove his doubters wrong. TUF season 31 will debut on May 30 and air on ESPN, with the final episode airing on August 15. While the date and weight class for the bout between the coaches have not yet been announced, fans can expect an exciting matchup between two of the best in the business.

Although McGregor has only won one since 2016, his massive star power makes him a valuable asset for the UFC. Despite some questioning whether he deserves the opportunity to compete for a belt, McGregor’s ability to generate revenue for the promotion and opponents makes him an attractive option for any PPV event.

Makhachev, who currently holds the lightweight title, has expressed his willingness to face McGregor if he is able to defeat Chandler. He sees it as a “big money ” opportunity.

UFC brass indicated they’d like Makhachev to not compete this summer, and instead wait out for an October event in Abu Dhabi.