Conor McGregor to Coach New Season of The Ultimate Fighter?

Conor McGregor, UFC 264 press conference
Conor McGregor, UFC 264 press conference Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Conor McGregor’s return to the cage has been looking more and more likely in recent weeks — and the Irish star has now revealed he was offered a chance to coach on a new season of The Ultimate Fighter.

While nothing official has been announced, McGregor’s response to the offer was shared by none other than UFC President Dana White, via his Instagram Story.

McGregor got fans talking by including a snap of himself at the TUF house on social media; he coached on the show opposite Urijah Faber in 2015.

“This is a snap from the original Ultimate Fighter house,” McGregor wrote alongside the photo. “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 teammate 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 shouts 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 whats ahead I been ready motherf*ckers,” McGregor finished, adding the hashtag “#StayReady.”

McGregor last competed in July of 2021, snapping his leg in his third fight with Dustin Poirier, resulting in a premature end to their trilogy. “The Notorious” has been out of action since, rehabbing his leg, and raised eyebrows when news broke that he had been removed from the USADA testing pool.

USADA officials told Cageside Press late last year that the decision on whether McGregor would be given an exemption from six months of testing upon his return action would be at the discretion of the UFC itself. Under the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy, fighters who have retired or are otherwise removed from the testing pool, and later return to action, must undergo six months worth of clean tests — but the promotion is able to waive this period and instead require a minimum of two tests.

Outside of fighting, McGregor has been dealing with a lawsuit from former training partner Artem Lobov, over the Proper No. 12 Whiskey line, as well as allegations of assault.