The UFC turned a few heads during the TUF 21 Finale broadcast by announcing that Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber will coach the show’s upcoming season. Now sure, both guys are big names, but considering McGregor’s the new interim featherweight champ, why not Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar right? Especially since by going with Faber, there’s no bout set for the end of the season.
Well, since the show’s going to feature teams from the U.S. and Europe, it doesn’t really make sense to bring the Brazilian star Aldo into the mix (although one would think the fighters would love to be coached by the latter). But, why not Edgar? Since he’s the #2 contender at 145? Even if McGregor is expected to face Aldo next, chances are he’ll fight Edgar sooner than Faber…
MMA Junkie.com) asked UFC VP of Public Relations Dave Sholler about the promotion’s thought process, in terms of selecting the coaches, and here’s what he said:
“Conor’s can’t-miss TV right now, and I think there’s a lot of buzz for Conor not only here, but also in Europe and the rest of the world,” Sholler said. “The way we formatted this show to be Europe vs. the United States – let’s be honest, Faber and McGregor don’t get along, so it made a lot of sense for us from a production standpoint.”
“At the end of the day, it’s going to be can’t-miss TV. We’re really excited about the format and really excited about the coaches.”
Of course, all this comes not long after McGregor and Faber had a backstage run-in at the weigh-ins for UFC 189. So, some have questioned, whether perhaps that incident may have been a wee bit staged. Sholler, however, insists there was “no fake drama”.
TUF 22 will premiere on September 9th, and the season will feature lightweight fighters.