Conor McGregor doesn't plan to actually train his fighters on TUF

BY Damon Martin • September 7, 2015

It should already be abundantly clear that Conor McGregor is one of the most unique athletes to ever compete in the UFC.

Whether it's his personality or approach to fighting, McGregor has his own way of doing things before, during and after his performances and that same demeanor will be carried into his coaching duties for this upcoming season of 'The Ultimate Fighter'.

McGregor hesitated to do the show at first, but once he settled in and took the opportunity to coach the show, he immediately approached it with a much different outlook than virtually any other fighter who has been a part of the series.

According to McGregor, six weeks of filming is far too little time to actually teach eight fighters how to do things differently than they've always done, so he approached this season as a chance to help them stay ready for fights while focusing on the big money future that awaits them in the UFC.

"I'm simply going to provide the platform for them," McGregor explained. "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."

The new season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' kicks off this Wednesday night at 10pm ET on FOX Sports 1 and it will be interesting to see how McGregor's plans actually play out.

McGregor says don't expect him to be running practices or really even showing up for training sessions. Think of McGregor as more of a life coach as he prepares the young up and comers for what's coming next in the UFC.

"I'm not going to be at every training session if I'm going to be at any training session," McGregor said. "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."

The way McGregor sees it, 'The Ultimate Fighter' isn't about coaches and it's definitely not about teams. It's about giving one special fighter the opportunity to become a star in the UFC and that's the first thing he taught his guys when the season started.

"Forget teams, forget all of this other stuff," McGregor said. "It means nothing."