Despite speculation to the contrary, Jordan Burroughs is not helping Conor McGregor hone his wrestling ahead of UFC 229.
Over the weekend, rumors spread that Burroughs was going to be part of the McGregor camp to help the Irishman prepare for his lightweight championship bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov on Oct. 6. The Olympic gold medalist recently took to Twitter to squash that story.
“I’m not working with Conor,” Burroughs wrote. “I’m attempting to win a World Championship of my own in October. I wish him the best of luck in his upcoming title fight with Khabib.”
I’m not working with Conor. I’m attempting to win a World Championship of my own in October. I wish him the best of luck in his upcoming title fight with Khabib.— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) August 13, 2018
Burroughs certainly has the resume to help solidify McGregor’s wrestling. He was a two-time NCAA national champion at the University of Nebraska before capturing gold in freestyle wrestling at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He’s also won multiple gold medals at the world championships.
McGregor will return to the Octagon for the first time since November 2016 to face Nurmagomedov in the UFC 229 headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Dagestani grappler claimed the 155-pound belt with a five-round verdict over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223 in April.