The Ultimate Fighter season 31, coached by Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler debuts at an average of 294,000 viewers. Last Tuesday marked the return of McGregor coaching on TUF, eight years on from his first season (22) when he was pitted against Urijah Faber. Recent viewing figures revealed that it averaged close to 300,000 viewers […]
The Ultimate Fighter season 31, coached by Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler debuts at an average of 294,000 viewers.
Last Tuesday marked the return of McGregor coaching on TUF, eight years on from his first season (22) when he was pitted against Urijah Faber. Recent viewing figures revealed that it averaged close to 300,000 viewers and was the 11th most popular show that day. According to the Nielsen rating system, the episode received .14 market shared in the 18–49-year-old demographic.
These figures are down considerably from McGregor’s first appearance on the show, the debuting episode of season 22 reached an average viewership of 622,000. However, the viewership numbers are still up considerably from the last available figures for a season of TUF, which was season 28. Robert Whittaker coached opposite Kelvin Gastelum and their debuting episode averaged 186,000.
The next episode of the series is set to air later tonight and will pick up following Roosevelt Roberts eight-second knockout of Nate Jennerman. This series difference from previous as it has not just rising prospects, but also features former UFC fighters such as Roberts, who are looking for a way back to the promotion.
Conor McGregor’s return to fighting
When news broke that McGregor would be coaching on TUF, it seemed that we would definitely get a fight along with it at some point this year. However, even with the first episode having aired, McGregor has not even re-entered back into the USADA testing pool, which he would have to do to be eligible to fight in the UFC.
Even with both UFC President Dana White and McGregor himself having been insistent on an announcement coming soon, nothing seems imminent and ‘The Notorious’ does not appear to be in training camp.
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Conor McGregor believes that if he doesn’t stay busy, the results could be catastrophic. The Irishman is one of the most well-known athletes in the world and as a result, is one of the wealthiest. With the kind of money McGregor has at his disposal, he could get into a plethora of illicit activities. Keeping […]
Conor McGregor believes that if he doesn’t stay busy, the results could be catastrophic.
The Irishman is one of the most well-known athletes in the world and as a result, is one of the wealthiest. With the kind of money McGregor has at his disposal, he could get into a plethora of illicit activities. Keeping that in mind, the former two-division UFC champion is staying as busy as possible in an effort to keep himself out of trouble.
“I am happy with being busy. I like to be busy, it keeps me in check, it keeps me honest and it keeps me in line,” McGregor said in an interview with Daily Mail Sport. “If I was not busy, with everything at my disposal, it could be catastrophic. I could run myself into a wall. So, I like to keep busy. I must keep my wits about me and I must stay sharp. That’s it. My mother always says box clever and that’s it, I’m boxing clever when it comes to this.”
For Conor McGregor, staying on the straight and narrow is relatively simple. It’s all about building structure and staying consistent once established.
“Consistency and structure is key,” McGregor revealed. “That’s what it’s about. We stay consistent, we keep to the structure, we keep to the plan and that’s it.”
Conor McGregor is Ready to Do Some Damage in His Return to the Octagon
Currently, Conor McGregor is preparing for his highly anticipated return to the Octagon later this year. Sitting on the sidelines following a devastating leg break in his July 2021 scrap with Dustin Poirier, ‘The Notorious’ is readying himself for a comeback that he hopes will ultimately lead to capturing the promotion’s all-time knockouts record, currently co-held by UFC veteran Matt Brown and heavyweight knockout artist Derrick Lewis.
The Irishman is currently slated for a late 2023 scrap with high-octane lightweight contender ‘Iron’ Michael Chandler. Before they strap on the four-ounce gloves and go toe-to-toe, Conor McGregor and Chandler can be seen competing against one another on the 31st season of The Ultimate Fighter, currently airing on ESPN. Of course, that’s just a precursor for what’s to come later this year.
“I’m going to kick this guy in the head,” McGregor said of his opponent. “He’s just tailor-made for being kicked all over the place, and that’s what I’m aiming for. I am aiming to wrap this steel bar around the opponent. And you’re going to see a visual of the leg hanging off and then you’re going to see a visual of a head hanging off. So I’m excited for that and motivated for that, and steady making my way towards it.”
No date, location, or weight class has been announced for the bout, but all parties, including UFC President Dana White, have suggested December being the likeliest of scenarios. One thing that we do know is that no matter where the fight takes place, Conor McGregor will be backed by over five million fans in his home country.
“We [Ireland] are a fighting nation. We back our own. When one of us goes to war, we all go to war,” McGregor said. “I said it in 2014 and it’s honestly the truth. We are always ready to rock. Ireland is electric on a Tuesday and it’s on fire on a Saturday.”
Conor McGregor currently owns three pubs in his home country, the most popular being Black Forge Inn in Dublin. McGregor also made a fortune hauking his own brand of Irish whiskey, Proper No. 12. In 2021, the Irishman alongside his business partners sold their majority stake in the brand to Proximo Spirits for a whopping $600 million.
Conor McGregor (22-6 MMA) has shown fans his newfound weapon, during the preview for the upcoming Ultimate Fighter episodes. The UFC superstar hasn’t been in the Octagon for nearly two years since fracturing his tibia and fibula during his trilogy bout with rival Dustin Poirier (29-7 MMA) at UFC 264 in July 2021. Following a string of […]
Conor McGregor (22-6 MMA) has shown fans his newfound weapon, during the preview for the upcoming Ultimate Fighter episodes.
The UFC superstar hasn’t been in the Octagon for nearly two years since fracturing his tibia and fibula during his trilogy bout with rival Dustin Poirier (29-7 MMA) at UFC 264 in July 2021.
Following a string of underwhelming performances, the leg injury he suffered against Poirier had most critics questioning whether McGregor would ever compete in the UFC again.
However, to the delight of Conor McGregor fans, the Irishman promised MMA fans he would mark his return to the cage as the best ever as he looks to further cement his legacy.
After a long recovery process, ‘The Notorious’ is now back in fighting shape and is preparing for his first test back against fan favorite, Michael Chandler (23-8 MMA).
Conor McGregor unleashes “titanium shin bone” on TUF contestant
Not only did McGregor promise fans the greatest return in combat sports history, but following his leg surgery the 34-year-old insisted his left leg would be “unbreakable” after being fitted with a metal rod even primitively labeling it as a “titanium shin bone”.
“What I needed was a titanium shin bone and now I’ve got a titanium rod from the knee to the ankle, the doctor says it’s unbreakable,” McGregor expressed after UFC 264.
“Once I keep building back, playing with the balance, then build the strength – and I have an unbreakable titanium leg. I’m like Arnie [Arnold Schwarzenegger] in Terminator 2! I’ve got all the tools to do this and I’m going to do it.”
Almost two years later, MMA fans are still itching to see the return of this new reformed, and regenerated Conor McGregor.
Unfortunately for those fans, the wait continues until McGregor renters the USADA testing pool and completes at least six months of testing before being permitted to compete again.
So, until then it is still uncertain whether the fight will be scheduled for some time this year.
In the meantime, the pair have recently filmed the most recent series of the MMA reality TV show, The Ultimate Fighter [TUF].
Conor McGregor was infamously on the show back in 2015 when the Irishman threw himself into the show providing moments that will forever be remembered by MMA fans.
In comparison, the Irishman has begun to do the same for TUF 31 and has even been going back and forth in sparring with some of his fighters.
Despite his eagerness to provide his students with invaluable experience, McGregor appeared to get a little too overzealous during a sparring session with a student whom he dropped with a destabilizing left kick to the body.
Following the viral clip, some have accused the former dual-weight UFC champion of being naive and selfish for going too hard against the guys he’s supposed to be training.
Regardless, this was one of the few glimpses of McGregor following his leg injury and from what we have seen the ‘titanium shin bone’ might be something for Chandler to look out for.
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Joe Rogan is a big fan of Conor McGregor’s expert-level sh*t talking toward future opponent Michael Chandler on The Ultimate Fighter. The 31st edition of the UFC’s long-running reality series debuted on Tuesday night much to the delight of Conor McGregor fans around the world. With the camera once again focused on him, and occasionally […]
Joe Rogan is a big fan of Conor McGregor’s expert-level sh*t talking toward future opponent Michael Chandler on The Ultimate Fighter.
The 31st edition of the UFC’s long-running reality series debuted on Tuesday night much to the delight of Conor McGregor fans around the world. With the camera once again focused on him, and occasionally on Michael Chandler, the Irishman was in full ‘Notorious’ mode as he delivered what Joe Rogan dubbed ‘perfect sh*t-talking’.
“They also cast that show as a reality show, it’s a very cleverly done show,” Rogan said during a recent episode of his popular podcast. “It’s smart the way they do it, they, like, even what they’re doing now with Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler, it’s great but perfect, perfect sh*t-talking when Conor tells him ‘You’ll do as you’re told’.
It’s amazing, okay, I hope that fight takes place, but it’s such a show, right, so it’s not just an athletic competition, it’s also- they want to make sure the people are fun” (h/t MMA News).
Conor McGregor’s Team is 0-1 Thus Far on The Ultimate Fighter
While Conor McGregor is expected to take center stage throughout the season, and understandably so, Team McGregor took a hit in the first episode with Team Chandler’s Roosevelt Roberts handing Team McGregor’s Nate Jennerman a knockout loss just eight seconds into the contest.
No matter how things turn out in this season of The Ultimate Fighter, it’s certain to add to the anticipation of McGregor’s inevitable return to the Octagon for a high-stakes clash with his opposing coach, Michael Chandler. The pair are expected to scrap toward the end of the year with December looking like the likeliest scenario given McGregor’s recent re-entry into the USADA testing pool. McGregor, Chandler, and UFC President Dana White have all insisted that the bout will indeed go down before the clock runs out on 2023, though some fans and fighters remain skeptical given the Irishman’s latest antics at the Monaco Grand Prix where he was seen dancing, eating, and drinking.
Pretty much everything aside from training for a fight.
Not everything is as it seems on the TUF 31 set according to Michael Chandler. On Tuesday, the latest season of the UFC’s long-running reality series The Ultimate Fighter made its return after months of promotion and anticipation. Much of the hype surrounding the premiere episode hinged on a moment in trailers that showed Chandler’s […]
Not everything is as it seems on the TUF 31 set according to Michael Chandler.
On Tuesday, the latest season of the UFC’s long-running reality series The Ultimate Fighter made its return after months of promotion and anticipation. Much of the hype surrounding the premiere episode hinged on a moment in trailers that showed Chandler’s opposition, Conor McGregor, telling the former Bellator MMA champion to “do what you’re told.
Of course, reality TV very rarely delivers a true depiction of reality. Much of the time, directors, editors, and producers twist the narrative in order to craft a story that builds on emotion, tension, and controversy. According to Michael Chandler, that is exactly the case when it comes to the now-viral clip that makes it seem as though Chandler is heeding the Irishman’s warning.
“That first scene man that obviously, that made the promo where he said, ‘You’ll do what you’re told’ … it’s time to I guess express that now that it’s out and everybody just watched it, I don’t quite know if I didn’t have a comeback,” Chandler said on YouTube. “The way they cut it, it was just me like this, you know, tapping on my chin. You’re seeing my first reaction and this won’t be the first time I think that’s definitely not how it happened in real life. That’s how they cut it. But this is what we’ve signed up for and this is a beautiful thing” (h/t MMA News).
Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler Tentatively Targeted for December 2023
Throughout the season, Michael Chandler and Conor McGregor will guide their own individual team of lightweights and bantamweights composed of a mix between veteran fighters and budding prospects. Episode one concluded on Tuesday night with Team Chandler on top as Roosevelt Roberts finished Team McGregor’s Nate Jennerman. Roberts is no stranger to the Octagon, having competed under the UFC banner eight times, going 4-3 with one no contest in the process.
Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler are expected to settle things inside the Octagon toward the end of the year, but thus far, no official date has been announced. With ‘The Notorious’ finally re-entering the USADA testing pool for a required six months of screening, the likeliest of scenarios would see the bout going down in December 2023 or early 2024.
Conor McGregor (22-6 MMA) finally returned to fight fans screens after the highly touted TUF 31 aired its first episode on May 30th. After 30 series of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ (UFC), the coaching showdown between McGregor and Michael Chandler (23-8 MMA) is the first to be aired on ESPN in the show’s history. While there […]
Conor McGregor (22-6 MMA) finally returned to fight fans screens after the highly touted TUF 31 aired its first episode on May 30th.
After 30 series of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ (UFC), the coaching showdown between McGregor and Michael Chandler (23-8 MMA) is the first to be aired on ESPN in the show’s history.
While there was much anticipation for the show, the premiere did not disappoint, with MMA fans itching for the other 11 episodes.
The first episode allowed us to get integrated with the fighters and the theme of the show, being ‘Veterans Vs. Prospects’.
During the beginning of the show, we are welcomed by UFC President Dana White and both TUF coaches as they pick their teams.
Team McGregor who ended up the first pick elected to go with the prosects, whilst Team Chandler was more than happy to go with the veterans.
Instead of the coaches selecting fighters one by one as was done in the previous format, the coaches were asked to select either four prospect or veteran Bantamweight’s and then either four prospect or veteran lightweights by group.
Regardless of the team selection, by the end of the episode the show gave the viewers a tasty preview of some of the upcoming episodes.
Conor McGregor makes kids day with wholesome gesture during the filming of TUF
During the end of the episode, we see the Irishman making a business deal with a young boy. McGregor loves the kids UFC actions figures and decides to show his generosity, buying them off him for a pretty penny.
The young boy, who already seemed star struck by ‘The Notorious’, couldn’t believe his luck when Conor McGregor pulled out and handed him over a $1000.
“I’ll take these all off you man, yeah? I’ll take these off you, kid. Just a 12 ton, yeah? 12 ton, my man. Hehehe,” McGregor said.
This is just one of the many scenes that fight fans were teased with at the end of the premiere of new TUF season. While the show seems to have its best moments ahead of it, for Conor McGregor his team didn’t get off to the best start, with Team McGregor losing their first bout within the first ten seconds of the fight.
So far, its one-nil to ‘Iron Mike’.
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