Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber were back at the verbal sparring on last night’s The Ultimate Fighter, and the Dubliner revealed he’d had genuine designs to fight his opposing coach for real.
As two of MMA's most engaging personalities, McGregor and Faber were always going to make for comedic viewing when they were installed as rival coaches for the 22nd edition of the reality TV series.
That the Crumlin man had defeated Faber’s long-time teammate and friend Chad Mendes to clinch the interim UFC featherweight title just prior to filming only added to the dynamic.
Faber was charged with overseeing Team America, with McGregor doing likewise with a European group. So far, their banter has been largely harmless, and the jibes over size, dress-sense and wealth have made for some comedy gold.
But, as the pair gathered with UFC President Dana White to match up the contestants for the quarter finals, it got a little hairy.
With White in stitches, McGregor tells Faber that he requested to fight him at the UFC’s recent show in Dublin, as a warm-up for his title unification bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 194 on December 12.
Apparently the promotion could not be sold on the idea and McGregor taunts the Californian that he would have gladly whooped ‘his old ass’.
In the coaching stakes, McGregor has certainly had the better of things, with six of his fighters accounting for the 8 quarter-finalists, including SBG Ireland teammate Artem Lobov.