Aaron McKenzie details Conor McGregor’s coaching style on TUF 31

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TUF 31 lightweight Aaron McKenzie breaks the news regarding Conor McGregor’s coaching on this season of The Ultimate Fighter.

“We all saw Conor’s last season where he was hands off; he let [Owen] Roddy, [John] Kavanaugh and those guys take over and do their thing, but this season he didn’t do that. He was out there, he was gung-ho and ready to go. He was giving his two cents and leading the practices, he was absolutely involved and had a great energy when he was there in the practices.”

High praise for the former UFC double champion who, like Aaron mentioned, was not the most active instructor in his first go-around at coaching TUF against Urijah Faber back in 2015. Aaron does reveal a bit more regarding Conor’s coaching which could have people believe “The Notorious” hasn’t pulled a complete 180 since TUF 22.

“I’m going to tell you a little secret, I don’t know if I saw him at one 12 o’clock practice…I don’t know if I saw him at a single one. Might have been 1-2 on the off chance, but my man was there at about all the evening practices. There was a couple days after one of the fights where I believe he was gone filming some Roadhouse scenes but he wasn’t gone for long.”

Team McGregor vs. Team Chandler

Fans speculated before the season even began that, with McGregor’s wide array of responsibilities, he would be more of a passive player during the prospect’s time on TUF. Seems like the answer is a bit of both, but McKenzie assures the rest of the coaching staff proved to be invaluable.

“We ended up forming some really great bonds with his coaches. I love Coach Serghei, Coach Roddy – Coach Kav was awesome. So we had really good coaches looking after us at all times.”

The glowing endorsement of Team McGregor is always great to hear, but one question remains: How good was Coach Mike Chandler?

“We heard a lot of really good things from Chandler’s guys, they all absolutely loved their practices and were pushing hard. They were doing old-school circuit style training that you’d see in the old MMA movies and shows.”

Aaron revealed he had met Michael Chandler following his fight with Austin Hubbard and gave nothing but positive words regarding his opposing Team’s leader.

“I actually met Chandler after my fight and I loved him. Loved the dude. Said some really nice things to met, just a nice and supportive dude; but I’ll say this when we got home, Conor followed me on Insta and Chandler didn’t follow me. Team Conor for life baby!”

Aaron McKenzie (11-2-1) is the former LFA Lightweight Champion and takes on UFC veteran Austin “Thud” Hubbard on Episode 3 of TUF 31 in an effort to finally get a win on the board for Team McGregor.

Check out the full recap of Episode 2 alongside McKenzie:

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