Conor McGregor to face Michael Chandler after coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter

Originally published at Conor McGregor to face Michael Chandler after coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter

Conor McGregor will make his return to the octagon to face Michael Chandler, the UFC has announced.

The as-yet unscheduled fight will happen after the pair join the next season of The Ultimate Fighter as coaches.

McGregor will be joined by former Bellator Lightweight Champion Chandler, 36, on ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs Team Chandler’. The show premieres on ESPN and ESPN+ on May 30th.

NOW THIS is how you start a Saturday!! @DanaWhite confirms @TheNotoriousMMA vs @MikeChandlerMMA for #TUF31 AND that #UFC287 is headed to Miami! ☀️

— UFC (@ufc) February 4, 2023

Chandler debuted in the UFC in January 2021 with a first-round knockout of Dan Hooker.

McGregor has not fought since July 11th, 2021, when he lost to Dustin Poirier by TKO in a first-round stoppage.

The 34-year-old has maintained a high profile in the past two years, mostly due to legal issues. These include an arrest for dangerous driving, ongoing civil proceedings related to allegations of sexual assault, and civil action brought by former stablemate Artem Lobov related to the Proper Twelve whiskey brand.

Most recently, it emerged that McGregor was facing accusations of attacking a woman on a yacht last summer.

The Ultimate Fighter is such an outdated concept with the Contender Series now around.

What’s the contender series? I used to watch UF, but I stopped around the time Dan Lambert was on.

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Is it better then what Ultimate Fighter was?

It will never reach the early peaks of the Ultimate Fighter in terms of popularity, or overall importance to the company, but it’s certainly the more enjoyable watch in 2023, and a much better option for fighters looking to get into the promotion.