- Conor McGregor said he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle Friday in Ireland.
- In one video posted on Instagram, the 34-year-old said he “could have been dead.”
- McGregor is linked with a UFC return and is rumored to be coaching in a reality TV show.
UFC star Conor McGregor said he’s lucky to be alive after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Ireland.
In video footage that the 34-year-old posted on his Instagram account, the driver of the vehicle, who said he was called Nick, can be heard apologizing repeatedly.
“I’m totally sorry,” Nick said.
“Mate, that’s nasty,” McGregor said. “I could have been dead there.”
McGregor may have been on the road training for his return to the Octagon, as the Dubliner is rumored to return to the UFC this year.
His longtime MMA coach, Straight Blast Gym owner John Kavanagh, said earlier this week that he was beyond confident that McGregor would return for a fight this year.
Additionally, McGregor himself raised eyebrows when he said Thursday that he’d received an offer to coach on the hit MMA reality TV series “The Ultimate Fighter.”
It is a show he has been on once before, starring opposite rival coach and UFC legend Urijah Faber.
“I have just been offered to coach this role again,” he said. “I like it. It is full immersion, which is needed.”
That same day, Tony Ferguson said he’s also been asked to coach a team of fighters on “The Ultimate Fighter.”
—Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) January 27, 2023
McGregor, a box office sensation, would be a shoo-in to headline International Fight Week in the first weekend of July in Las Vegas.
However, if the UFC is building a lightweight or welterweight bout between McGregor and Ferguson to happen after the conclusion of a series of “The Ultimate Fighter,” then it is unclear when the match-up could take place.
Previous coaches from the show have tended to compete as late as August or September.
McGregor’s road accident may not affect any comeback
Regardless of the road accident, McGregor appeared relatively unharmed as he could be seen later in Nick’s vehicle — the same car that clattered into him — with his damaged bike in the trunk.
“Blessed here I am, serious,” said McGregor, still on the road.
“I could have rolled under the wheel, or something. I’m brand new. I’ll get back to me house. Thank you so much, God. It’s not my time. Thank you.”
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