Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor is no stranger to intense faceoffs with opponents. He recently engaged in a stare-off against Michael Chandler during filming for the TUF 31 reality series.
The upcoming season is set to debut on ESPN on Tuesday, May 30. The first footage of the series has already been released. The video shows McGregor shoving Chandler during an intense moment between the coaches when they came nose-to-nose in the cage.
The brief video gave viewers a preview of the next season. McGregor previously joined the series just after he became the interim UFC featherweight champion for the first time in 2015.
However, this time it’s different since McGregor is facing off against Chandler as opposed to coaching against Urijah Faber when he last appeared. Additionally, McGregor and Faber never intended to compete professionally.
McGregor and Chandler will coach teams of bantamweights and lightweights, with a mix of veterans and up-and-coming prospects who will join the roster for the teams. This promises to be an exciting season, especially since McGregor will be making his return to action after injuring his leg in his last outing against Dustin Poirier in 2021.
The upcoming season will run from August 15. After that, McGregor and Chandler are expected to face each other in the octagon. However, there’s still no official date for the bout set up yet.
Before McGregor is allowed to compete, he still has to undergo six months of testing under the UFC’s USADA policy. As of the latest update posted on May 5, McGregor has not been tested yet in 2023.
While the match between McGregor and Chandler is still a way off, it’s certain to be an exciting event that’s not to be missed.
Considering Conor McGregor is one of the biggest stars in the combat sports community, he was recently spotted at BKFC 17.
He seemed to be impressed by the setting and stated: “It’s an incredible setup here…Incredible matchmaking. Incredible storytelling. I had to come here. I flew straight away. I was not going to miss this and it did not disappoint. All these fighters that step in here are warriors and all have my respect.”