Both bantamweights and lightweights will be vying for spots and the 155lb category is of particular interest to McGregor and Chandler, as both were world champions in that weight class. A more concrete map for McGregor vs Chandler is expected to be announced at some point during the season, with a date and venue to be revealed. 

It is not McGregor’s first rodeo in The Ultimate Fighter, having been a coach in the 2015 series against Urijah Faber. Express Sport has everything you need to know about the return of The Ultimate Fighter.

Where is TUF 31: McGregor vs Chandler being shown in the UK?

The Ultimate Fighter Season 31 will premiere on May 30 and the finale will be on August 15. Team McGregor vs Team Chandler will be shown on ESPN and ESPN+, which is available to UK subscribers of BT Sport.

TUF’s first show will be on BT Sport 3 and will be replayed on BT Sport 1. In America, the show will air at 10pm Eastern Time, 7pm Pacific, and 8pm Central.

TUF 31: McGregor vs Chandler fighters

McGregor does have two teammates on the show in Lee Hammond and Brad Katona. There were claims that the 34-year-old Irishman was getting rid of competitors at the eleventh hour to get his friends on the roster, however, that has been denied. 


  • Lee Hammond
  • Kurt Holobaugh
  • Austin Hubbard
  • Nate Jennerman
  • Jason Knight
  • Aaron McKenzie
  • Landon Quinones
  • Roosevelt Roberts


  • Hunter Azure
  • Rico DiSciullo
  • Cody Gibson
  • Mando Gutierrez
  • Brad Katona
  • Timur Valiev
  • Carlos Vera
  • Trevor Wells

What’s been said?

“I’m looking forward to it. I feel good, I feel energetic, I feel ready,” McGregor said. “I’m throwing up my high kicks faster than I’m throwing out my jab. So I’m very excited to get back… Year end, I’m back in that cage having competed. I’m gearing up ready to go. Michael Chandler, yeah. It will be announced during The Ultimate Fighter. So The Ultimate Fighter is airing now in a couple of days on ESPN, and by the time that show finishes we’ll have a date and everything set for the fans.”

Chandler said: “I got eight heartbeats on my team. Eight athletes who I have the opportunity and the blessing to coach and I’m not going to take it lightly. Some who get their one last shot to make it into the UFC and some who have been looking at the bright lights from afar and now they get their opportunity. This is on ESPN the network for twelve episodes straight.”