Conor McGregor was one of the coaches for TUF 22, but it doesn’t sound like “Notorious” did in fact do much coaching…
Recently, McGregor has admitted that he wasn’t initially keen on coaching TUF 22, since a fight with opposing coach Urijah Faber wasn’t on the table. The outspoken fighter has said he came around, however, and that he enjoyed the experience.
Well, as the season’s premiere nears–it airs tonight–McGregor has relayed that he didn’t do much training with his team of fighters. In a recent promo vid for the show, the Irish fighter explained why (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’m simply going to provide the platform for them,” McGregor said. “I’m going to bring the eyes to the screen for them. I’m going to provide coaches that I have come up with. But, really, it’s a six-week run of fights on and off. The training is done. I’m not going to go in and teach them anything…”
“I’m not going to be at every training session, if I’m even going to be at any training session,” McGregor said. “I’m just going to be there picking the fights and doing that obligation, and I’ll be at the fights. But I have my team of coaches that will be preparing them and I truly believe that they will give them the right training.”
You have to think Team Europe was likely disappointed to hear this no? Since McGregor is the fastest rising star in the sport, and clearly has some very compelling insights in terms of fighting.
Would things have been different if McGregor had been scheduled to fight Faber? Probably not.
McGregor is booked to fight featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 194 on December 12th. Faber will battle Frankie Saenz that same night.