The 22nd season of The Ultimate Fighter is set to premiere on FOX Sports 1 this Wednesday (September 9, 2015) featuring a team of European fighters coached by interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor, and a team of American fighters coached by former WEC champion Urijah Faber.
Although the two won’t be fighting at the end of the show, there has seemed to be a slight bit of a rivalry between the two mainly due to the constant trash talk and outspokenness of McGregor. The “Notorious” one has also never been quiet about Faber’s teammates Chad Mendes, who McGregor knocked out in July, and bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.
“The California Kid” is no stranger to coaching TUF, however, as he previously coached against long-time bitter rival and former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz on The Ultimate Fighter 15.
Recently speaking with FOX Sports about both McGregor, and Cruz, Faber said that the Irishmen is a “cooler” person, and that there’s more respect there than with Cruz. “The California Kid” also went as far as to bash Cruz, saying that McGregor is dangerous while the former bantamweight champion is not:
“I think Conor’s a lot cooler than Dominick just in general. So the banter’s been better. There’s a little more mutual respect and some good banter back and forth. Conor’s a dangerous guy, Dominick’s not a dangerous guy. So that’s a difference also. It adds an element that I like.”
As far as what’s next for Faber, it was recently announced that he would be moving back down to bantamweight for a fight with Frankie Saenz at UFC 194, while McGregor of course will take on Jose Aldo in a title unification bout on that very same card.
Cruz on the other hand is hoping to return soon from an injury and could find himself meeting Dillashaw in a 135-pound title bout.
While all three men seem to have their futures planned, will we ever see Faber take on McGregor, or meet Cruz again?