Conor McGregor will make UFC return vs. Michael Chandler as 'The Ultimate Fighter' coach
Conor McGregor is set to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as UFC president Dana White announced he will coach against lightweight Michael Chandler in season 31 of "The Ultimate Fighter".
After the season is complete, McGregor will take on Chandler in the octagon. No date has been set for that match, but the next season of "The Ultimate Fighter" premieres May 30 on ESPN. This will be McGregor's second stint as a coach on the show. He also appeared in season 22 of the show, coaching against Urijah Faber.
McGregor has not fought since a loss to Dustin Poirier in July 2021 at UFC 264. The fight was stopped at the end of the first round after McGregor suffered a leg injury.
NOW THIS is how you start a Saturday!! @DanaWhite confirms @TheNotoriousMMA vs @MikeChandlerMMA for #TUF31 AND that #UFC287 is headed to Miami! ☀️ pic.twitter.com/TByEq2D2bJ
— UFC (@ufc) February 4, 2023
The 34-year-old McGregor once held the featherweight and lightweight titles in the UFC, a first for the sport.
Chandler has been in the UFC for nearly two years and was last seen in the octagon in November at UFC 281. Poirier submitted Chandler by using a rear-naked choke in the third round.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Conor McGregor to fight Michael Chandler in UFC return, coach 'TUF'