UFC star and TUF 22 coach Conor McGregor has done the unthinkable (again) and announced his plans for the upcoming TUF season.
He has said he has no intention of actually coaching the members of his team. Instead he’ll concentrate on keeping them fresh and focused on a career in the toughest MMA franchise in the world.
McGregor was initially reluctant to do the show. But once he was convinced of its benefit (to him as well as his fighters) he decided to approach it in an entirely novel way.
McGregor believes the six-weeks is far too short a time in which to add to or change anything in a fighter’s repertoire. Attempting to do so might actually confuse fighters and be detrimental to their chances of winning.
“I’m simply going to provide the platform for them,” McGregor said. “I’m going to bring eyes to the screen for them. I’m going to provide coaches that I have come with, but really it’s a six-week run of fights, on and off.
“I’m not going to go in and teach them anything. I told them their training should already be done. You should already have your hard rounds done. Now it’s about keeping the body fresh because every fight you get knocks and bruises so it’s about maintaining those injuries and making it through those fights.”
FOX Sports 1 will be airing the new season of The Ultimate Fighter on Wednesday night at 10pm ET.
McGregor has already told his team not to expect him to be running practices – or even showing up for training sessions. He casts himself more as a life coach – preparing young hopefuls for the rigours for life in the UFC.
“I’m not going to be at every training session, if I’m going to be at any training session (at all).
“I’m just going to be there picking the fights and doing that obligation and I’ll be at the fights. I have my team of coaches that will be preparing them and I trust they will give them the right training.”
But McGregor saved the bombshell for the end.
He said The Ultimate Fighter isn’t about teams, it’s about the winner getting a head start in the most lucrative fighting franchise in the world, a start that could put them tens of thousands of dollars ahead of their competitors.
“Forget teams, forget all this other stuff,” said McGregor. “It means nothing.”