We’ve seen it a million times before. Two fighters who absolutely hate each other coach opposing teams on TUF, and they make for compelling television and an eagerly-anticipated fight. Well, that’s not happening with Urijah Faber and Conor McGregor, who are currently filming TUF 22 and are sitting at the helms of the two teams. Sure, there’s been a “scuffle” here and there, but if you listen to Faber tell about it, there’s way to much respect and bro-love in the equation to make it interesting.
This season is going to suck.
Here’s the video interview where Faber recalls the gripping tale. Note how many nice things he has to say about the interim featherweight champ – things like:
“When he was cutting weight, he felt horrible. (Now) he felt okay, when we’ve had interactions,” he said. “I think he’s definitely best at a distance with his structure. We saw that with Chad. He’s a tough guy.”
“I think it’ll probably happen at some point,” Faber said about a potential bout against McGregor. “Honestly, it’s pretty hard to get under my skin and he seems to be okay himself so we’ll see how it goes. We’ve already started the banter back and forth and I think people will want to see that fight.”
“I like him alright. There’s things about everyone that gets on people’s nerves, but he seems like a decent guy. I really like his mentality. I think the only reason he’s where he is, is because of his mentality. It’s the same with guys like me, Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo and T.J. Dillashaw, he has that championship mentality and I can appreciate that.”
“Is he a little full of himself? I mean look, I know a lot of wealthy guys, and he’s really not a wealthy guy yet. He went from really wanting it so bad, to pretending, to starting to get a little bit of it, but settle down, bro.”
Oh well. It’s not like Faber was ever going to defeat McGregor anyway. Bring on Frankie Edgar!