Irish UFC superstar Conor McGregor said via Instagram on Friday that he was in a bike accident that could have been fatal.
The former two-division champion was riding his bicycle in Ireland. “Got a bang of a car just now from behind,” McGregor wrote. “A sun trap, the driver couldn’t see me. Full speed straight thru me. Thank you God, it wasn’t my time. Thank you wrestling and judo also. Having an awareness on the landing saved my life.”
The fighter also shared a photo of his bike laying on the asphalt. Update: McGregor deleted the video after this article’s publication.
“Notorious” also shared a video on his feed of the immediate aftermath with the driver apologizing to McGregor, and them both taking notice of how bright the sun was — which apparently led to the crash. In what was a cordial conversation with the unnamed man, McGregor says in the video: “I could have been dead there, mate, look!”
“Thank you so much, God,” McGregor says. “It’s not my time.”
Luckily, McGregor appeared to come out of the collision unscathed. Update: McGregor deleted the video after this article’s publication.
McGregor Recently Teased That He’ll Coach an Upcoming Season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’
Before fans see Notorious fight inside the Octagon, the may end up watching him coach on an upcoming season of the UFC’s flagship reality-competition show, “The Ultimate Fighter.” McGregor was the head coach of a team opposite bantamweight star Urijah Faber during the show’s 22nd season.
McGregor took to Instagram earlier this week to share that he had been asked to feature on the show. And it sounds like Notorious is in.
“This is a snap from the original ultimate fighter house,” McGregor wrote. “Where I coached vs urijah faber. This photo was just before the show tho. It was right before I won my first world title beating urijah team mate chad mendes around. I then went on to coach the famous fight show straight after the fight. With a big black eye and a gash, my tricolor, and my new and first ever ufc gold belt, I waltzed into the notorious fight gym in Las Vegas. The slickest suits and shouts the show had ever seen before. On top of the silverware. And I coached my team to victory. Crazy. Some journey.”
“I have just been offered to coach this role again,” Notorious continued. “I like it. It is full immersion which is needed.”
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John Kavanagh, McGregor’s Coach, Expects to See Notorious Return to the UFC This Year
Both McGregor and his head coach, John Kavanagh, have said that the Irishman will return to the Octagon this year. He hasn’t fought since breaking his leg while fighting Dustin Poirier in July 2021 and it sounds like 2023 will be the return of “The Mac.”
When Kavanagh appeared on MMA Fighting’s “The MMA Hour” this week, he told host Ariel Helwani that he’d bet his “house” on McGregor getting a fight in before the calendar flips to 2024.