Conor McGregor offered role as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter television show to mark his comeback
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Conor McGregor claims he has been offered the chance to be a coach on The Ultimate Fighter television series to mark his long-awaited comeback.
Rumours regarding the Irishman's potential opponent upon his return have continued to swirl, but one thing is for certain: they might just be a rival coach on The Ultimate Fighter.
Back in 2015, a fresh-faced McGregor starred as a coach in 'The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber' reality TV series.
If truth be told, it was one of the best seasons the show has ever produced.
From the relentless trash-talk between the coaches to the exciting fights inside the octagon, it'll definitely go down as one of the most memorable rivalries in TUF history.
Ever since that series aired, fans have been calling for McGregor to return – and they could soon get their wish
He recently took to Instagram, saying: "This is a snap from the original Ultimate Fighter house where I coached vs Urijah Faber.
"This photo was just before the show tho.
"It was right before I won my first world title beating Urijah's team-mate Chad Mendes around.
"I then went on to coach the famous fight show straight after the fight.
"With a big black eye and a gash, my tricolor and my new and first ever UFC gold belt, I waltzed into the Notorious Fight gym in Las Vegas.
The slickest suits and shirts the show had ever seen before. On top of the silverware.
"And I coached my team to victory. Crazy. Some journey.
"I have just been offered to coach this role again. I like it. It is full immersion which is needed.
"I see fighters lining up. I know what's ahead. I been ready, motherf**kers."
If you’re Conor McGregor, who excites you? pic.twitter.com/k9nnIFmJop— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 24, 2023
Rapidly recovering from a nasty leg snap sustained earlier last year, McGregor's second coming appears imminent.
But question marks will remain as to who he will take on.
The bookies favourite is still Michael Chandler who, if locked in the cage with McGregor, promises to bring complete and utter chaos and excitement.
The idea of a fourth bout with Dustin Poirier has also been floated, a although a fresh new challenge is what McGregor seems to be striving for.
“Let’s say I’m seeing Conor this week and we’re chatting and he says a few names. I see a name particularly gets the eyes open and gets him pacing up and down the living room,” McGregor's coach John Kavanagh told Ariel Helwani.
“That would be absolutely the most important thing for me, is that it’s a name that’s going to excite him. For this next fight he’s definitely got to find something that’s massively motivating to him to get him out of the silk pants and into the sweaty gym.
“What’s it going to be? A couple million more? Is that really going to motivate him? I don’t think so. A particular opponent, a particular skill-set and how it matches up against him [will motivate him].
“You’ve got the great Nate Diaz obviously in there. Justin Gaethje I think would be a very interesting match up – someone he hasn’t fought before.
“The Poirier fight, we’ve done that so many times at this stage and it’s just a weird one. Michael Chandler – a great fighter, a great athlete. They’re all brilliant, they’re all going to bring something different to the contest.”