In a bizarre twist, UFC officials have announced recently crowned interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor and two-time UFC bantamweight title contender Urijah Faber have been named opposing coaches for the upcoming 22nd season of The Ultimate Fighter.

The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber will feature 16 competitors in the lightweight division and will be split up into a McGregor lead European team against a Faber lead team of Americans. As is custom, the winner of the tournament will earn a UFC contract.

Faber (32-8), the former WEC featherweight champion, recently got into a scuffle with McGregor backstage prior to the UFC 189 weigh-ins and has been rather vocal in his disdain for brash Irishman. In his most recent bout, ‘The California Kid’ dropped a decision to former UFC lightweight turned featherweight contender Frankie Edgar.

McGregor (18-2) recently earned his interim title with second round TKO over Faber’s Team Alpha Male teammate Chad Mendes at UFC 189 on Saturday.  The man know as ‘Notorious’ was scheduled to square off against featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo before the champion pulled out with a rib injury. As a result, UFC officials named Mendes the replacement.

While past seasons featured opposing coach squaring off in the Octagon, UFC officials were adamant that neither man would be fighting one another upon completion of the season as McGregor is already scheduled to meet Aldo in a title unification bout in the near future.

The entire season is set to kick of on Sept. 9 with 11 one-hours shows and will continue to air on Wednesdays at 10pm ET on Fox Sports 1.

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