Conor McGregor, the new interim UFC Featherweight Title holder, is fresh off of a win over Chad Mendes, but he already has his next gig lined up. Conor McGregor will be one of the coaches on season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter, and the other coach is going to be Urijah Faber. This will be the first time Conor McGregor has appeared as a coach on the show, while it will be the second time for Urijah Faber.
According to Fox Sports, Conor McGregor will be the coach of Team Europe, while Urijah Faber will be the coach of Team USA.
The news about Conor McGregor was announced by UFC President Dana White on Sunday, according to MMA Junkie. What will make this season a little different than past seasons is that Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber will not fight one another at the end of the season. In the previous seasons the coaches would fight at the conclusion of the season. White said that Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber will just be mentoring and coaching the fighters.
The announcement not only comes after Conor McGregor’s win on Saturday night, but it also comes after he had a confrontation with Urijah Faber. The incident took place on Friday, as Conor McGregor was backstage and as he walked by Urijah Faber, they exchanged words and they were split up. Afterwards, Faber said Conor McGregor looked like a “crackhead.”
Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber may not fight in the lightweight division, but the fighters they will be providing guidance to do fight in that division. The new season will air on FOX Sports 1 on Sept. 9, and the first episode will be two-hours long, according to Sherdog. There will be 16 lightweights in total, with eight of them being coached by Conor McGregor and eight of them being coached by Urijah Faber.
After being crowned the interim featherweight champion, Conor McGregor is waiting around for a bout with Jose Aldo, who was supposed to defend the UFC Featherweight Title against Conor McGregor, but he suffered a broken rib. As a result, he pulled out of the fight and Chad Mendes stepped in to fight Conor McGregor. As for Urijah Faber, he last fought back in May and he fought Frankie Edgar, who ended up winning via decision after going five full rounds with Faber.
As of now, Conor McGregor awaits Jose Aldo to return, but he could end up fighting before Aldo returns, while Faber doesn’t have a match officially lined up.
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