UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor (18-2 MMA) was reluctant to accept a coaching spot on the upcoming ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Season 22’ series.
According to “Notorious”, the original plan was to have him coach TUF 22 opposite Chad Mendes, this if he had dethroned Jose Aldo at UFC 189 in Las Vegas.
However, when Aldo pulled out of UFC 189 with a rib injury all of those plans got thrown out the window, McGregor’s words via FOX Sports:
“Before the fight I was excited. A few weeks before hand there was a few different options. Potentially it should have been, Jose (Aldo) should have showed up and it should be me coaching against Chad (Mendes) for the next fight. That was the original plan,” McGregor explained.
“Then obviously what happened, Jose pulled (out) and it just threw the plans up into the air. Then, they give me Urijah (Faber) as the coach, they won’t let me fight him, so my energy was gone from it. I did not want to do it. It did not mean anything to me.”
McGregor eventually agreed to do the reality show series with Faber, which premiers September 9 on FOX Sports 1.
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