During Sunday’s “The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale” event, UFC president Dana White announced freshly-minted interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor (pictured) and Urijah Faver will serve as opposing coaches on season 22 of the long-running reality show.
White said McGregor and Faber will not fight each other when filming wraps on the show.
The season will feature 16 lightweights. The eight American contestants will be coached by Faber, while McGregor spearheads the eight from Europe.
Of course, the tournament winner scores a six-figure UFC contract.
This marks McGregor’s TUF debut. He’s the hottest name in MMA today and the UFC intends to ride its newest golden boy until the wheels fall off.
This is a great way to keep the McGregor machine rolling while he waits for featherweight champ Jose Aldo and his bruised/broken rib to heal. They are expected to meet in a title unification bout as early as January.
This is Faber’s second stint as coach on TUF. He was pitted against bitter rival Dominick Cruz in 2012 when FOX attempted to put a new spin on the show by airing the fights live.
The two-hour premiere airs September 9 on Fox Sports 1.
Hmm. Makes you wonder if this was a coincidental run-in then: