During tonight’s TUF 21 Finale broadcast from Las Vegas, Dana White revealed that Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber will serve as the coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Season 22.
According to White they will oversee a season which will pit Europe Vs USA, but he stressed that in a break from tradition the two coaches won’t fight at the end of the show.
There’s been something of a rivalry between McGregor and Faber for some time, but it really stepped up a notch prior to Friday’s UFC 189 weigh-ins when the two got into a an altercation backstage that resulted in them clinching up briefly before going their separate ways.
Faber later took a dig at his rival’s drawn-out appearance after what lookd to be a tough weight-cut, saying on social media that the Irishman looked like a ‘crackhead’.
Of course the fact that McGregor then went on to beat Faber’s friend and team-mate Chad Mendes by TKO on Saturday night to win the interim featherweight title will only heighten the tension between them heading into this season of TUF.
It’s unfortunate that whatever transpires during the filming it won’t result in the two fighting in the Octagon following the show’s conclusion, but of course it makes sense not to do it that way as what everyone really wants to see next is McGregor fighting Jose Aldo in a title unfication bout. Filming the TUF show suggests that we’ll probably have to wait some time for that to actually come to fruition though.
What the TUF show will do however is to provide the UFC with a back-up plan if it turns out that for any reason Aldo has to pull out of the fight again. Having said that, Frankie Edgar would be absolutely livid if we ever had a scenario where he was again overlooked should a late replacement be required to fight McGregor.
McGregor’s presence should also help boost ratings for TUF who’s ratings have been struggling for quite some time now. People can’t get enough of the Irish sensation and the TUF format will give plenty of opportunities for him to shine with his outspoken antics, charisma and presence on-screen.