On Tuesday night's episode of The Ultimate Fighter 31, the two coaches Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler took part in a coaches challenge. For this challenge, they were asked to sit in an ice bath and answer UFC trivia questions. Unfortunately, due to filming, they were left in the bath for 30 minutes, which could have caused serious injury to the two fighters.
The Mac Life spoke with UFC president Dana White about the issue and he wasn't happy about it.
“I’m gonna tell you this. It was a huge, huge f*cking … clusterf*ck by the production team that shot this thing,” White said. “Completely f*cking irresponsible, completely a sh*t show, and both of them could have been hurt during this. It was a f*cking ridiculous what happened during the coaches challenge.”
White continued, “I did 37 degrees in New York for seven minutes. We did two days at six minutes, we did the last day at seven minutes. These guys did this thing for almost 30 minutes. Dangerous, stupid, irresponsible, and just completely f*cking ridiculous on the part of the production crew that handled the coaches challenge.”
According to the Marathon Handbook, "the general consensus" is that ice baths should last no longer than 11-15 minutes. Anoything more than that induces "excessive stress" and puts "tissues at risk of frostbite or the body at risk of hypothermia."
TUFC 31 airs on Tuesdays on ESPN+ and for the record, McGregor won the coaches challenge.