Conor McGregor hasn’t started The Ultimate Fighter 31, the UFC reality show where he is a coach. His team He has lost the first two fights, both by KO, against the team of his opponent Michael Chandler. In the first program (which can be followed through Eurosport), Roosevelt Roberts ended with Nate Jennerman, and in the second, Cody Gibson with Mando Gutiérrez. Chandler leads the Irishman by two wins in the TUF 31 quarterfinals. In the next round, it will be the turn of the light ones.
This edition of the reality show of the UFC The Ultimate Fighter has especially attracted the attention of the fans. And it could not be otherwise, since the trainers are Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler, two of the company’s big names. Each one has a team of eight fighters, four at bantamweight and four at lightweight, who meet every week. They have been divided into two categories: prospects (which the Irishman will take care of) and veterans (Chandler’s team).
The TUF 31 quarterfinals kicked off last week, and Team Chandler emerged victorious. Roosevelt Roberts, the American bantamweight, finished Conor’s Nate Jennerman in 10 seconds with a series of punches. It was one of the fastest KOs in the history of reality, said the president of the company, Dana White. McGregor was not happy with the result, and Jennerman broke down in tears, comforted by his trainer.
And the second match did not have a different result. Cody Gibson (Team Chandler), who during his time in the UFC lost to Aljamain Sterling (bantamweight champion), finished Mando Gutiérrez (Team McGregor) in the first round. Gutierrez tried to take the fight to the ground, but Gibson put up good defense and kept his distance. The one from Team Chandler connected him with a flying knee, which left him touched. The referee stopped the fight after Gibson landed several unanswered blows on him.
It is not being the ideal start for McGregor, who has already seen two of his fighters go down defeated by KO. The two trainers will meet in a fight later in the year in Las Vegas. The Irishman is already in talks with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to re-enter the lists and compete again. Great news for UFC fans, who are getting the star back from him.