On Friday, Conor McGregor was seen getting into a brief scuffle with Urijah Faber prior to the UFC 189 weigh-ins. The next day, McGregor captured the UFC interim featherweight title with a 2nd round TKO over Chad Mendes. On Sunday, UFC president Dana White told fans that McGregor and Faber will coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter beginning September 9th. Here's the official UFC press release:
"The Ultimate Fighter®: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber will feature 16 competitors in the lightweight division and, in addition to a UFC contract; national pride will be on the line as McGregor leads eight European hopefuls against the Faber-led American squad. The sixth season to air on FOX Sports 1 will kick-off on Wednesday, September 9 with a two-hour season premiere airing at 10 p.m. ET. The season will continue with 11 one-hour shows Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET. The series is the highest rated and most watched original program since the network's inception in August 2013."
Essentially, TUF 22 is USA vs. Europe, not too different from TUF 9, which was USA vs. UK and coached by Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson back in 2009. International versions of TUF have also included Mexico vs. Other Latin American countries, UK vs. Australia, and Canada vs. Australia.
In case you're wondering, McGregor and Faber won't be fighting at the end of the season, so Aldo vs. McGregor is still next up. During that time, Conor will be a regular presence on Fox Sports 1 every Wednesday night starting this September.