The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22 saw Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber competing as the coaches. At the time, Conor was about to face Jose Aldo for the UFC undisputed featherweight title after beating Faber’s Team Alpha Male cohort, Chad Mendes. Safe to say, this was the Notorious’ peak in MMA.
Very recently on Instagram, the Irishman revealed that he was once offered the role of a coach on TUF. McGregor posted a picture of himself from the TUF days. In the caption, he wrote, “This is a snap from the original ultimate fighter house. Where I coached vs urijah faber. This photo was just before the show tho. It was right before I won my first world title beating urijah team mate chad mendes around…”
“Some journey. I have just been offered to coach this role again. I like it. It is full immersion which is needed. I see fighters lining up. I know whats ahead I been ready motherfuckers. #StayReady” finished McGregor. This post and its caption seemed to pique the interest of his former TUF rival.
In a comment under McGregor’s post, Urijah Faber wrote, “This will be awesome. Do it!” After seeing his comment, fans went after Urijah, attempting to persuade him into joining McGregor in coaching TUF once again. After all, the pair had some epic back-and-forths during their season of TUF.
Who won TUF 22: Conor McGregor vs Urijah Faber?
TUF 22 received universal praise and acclaim when it aired. The show took a departure from its usual format where coaches pick a team. Instead, the season was presented as Team USA (Team Faber) vs Team Europe (Team McGregor). This lent a very unique setting to the fights.
The whole season was also extremely entertaining because of the coaches’ chemistry and rivalry. Urijah Faber’s futile attempts at comebacks were complemented well by McGregor’s trash-talking. The “retired skateboarder” line by McGregor will forever be an iconic highlight of the show.
Another instance in which the show captured the world’s attention was when The Notorious went off on TJ Dillashaw and his supposed defection from Team Alpha Male. This nearly ignited a brawl between both teams before cooler heads prevailed.
Ultimately, the 22nd season’s finalists were, Artem Lobov from Team Europe and Ryan Hall, from Team USA. At the TUF 22 finale, Hall showcased his brilliant ground game as he grappled his way to a unanimous decision victory over Lobov. Seems like round one went to Faber and his team.
But who would win if both McGregor and Faber returned as coaches? Would Faber make it 2-0? Or would “The Notorious One” level the score at 1-1?