In a thrilling episode of TUF 31 that aired on Tuesday, UFC fans were treated to an electrifying clash between icons Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler. The long-awaited showdown finally showed, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats as these veteran fighters squared off in the octagon – in a non-match event.
As things started heating up, McGregor’s teammate, Lee Hammond, pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory over Chandler’s teammate Kurt Holobaugh.
However, it was Chandler’s choice of words that ignited the powder keg of emotions. McGregor took exception to Chandler’s criticism of his presence during the show’s filming, sparking a verbal duel between the two fighters. McGregor unleashed a barrage of insults, specifically targeting Bellator, the organization Chandler had previously represented.
The simmering animosity between McGregor and Chandler reached its boiling point as they stood face-to-face. Fuelled by frustration and goaded by Chandler’s remarks, McGregor let loose a powerful, two-handed shove that reverberated through the air. Chandler stumbled backward under the force of the blow, while McGregor swiftly discarded his suit jacket. UFC president Dana White swiftly intervened, stepping in to separate the fighters and prevent further escalation.
When things began to cool, both McGregor and Chandler retreated to their respective locker rooms. Chandler, defiant and undeterred, walked past Team McGregor, delivering a pointed statement: “I would’ve been there for you.” McGregor, still seething with anger, responded with scathing remarks, labelling Team Chandler fighters Cody Gibson and Roosevelt Roberts as “bums.”
Team McGregor and their promising bantamweight and lightweight prospects have encountered mounting frustrations in their quest for victory. Despite their unwavering efforts, they have yet to secure a win against Chandler’s team of seasoned UFC veterans. The pressure mounts for McGregor and his team as they aim to break their winless streak, seeking redemption and a chance to restore their pride.