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UFC names Conor McGregor, Urijah Faber as next The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) coaches

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Shocker!

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Well that came out of nowhere. Or did it?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White just announced that Urijah Faber will serve as one of the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22: "U.S. vs. Europe."

His coaching counterpart?

None other than newly-crowned interim Featherweight champion, Conor McGregor.

That's quite a shock to say the least -- most would have expected 145-pound division champion Jose Aldo to be the other coach opposite "Notorious" to beef up their already-heated rivalry in the lead-up to their title unification fight, which could happen early next year.

White was quick to point out that McGregor and Faber would not fight at the end of the season; however, with Aldo's history of pulling out of championship fights, it's easy to assume UFC is thinking of a contingency plan months ahead of time.

That certainly was the case for UFC 189, as Faber's Team Alpha Male stablemate, Chad Mendes, was pegged as standby for Aldo after he suffered a bruised rib. It was a wise decision because Aldo eventually pulled out of the bout because of the injury, leaving "Money" with an opportunity of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, Mendes couldn't capitalize on his golden ticket, as McGregor knocked out the wrestling powerhouse in the waning seconds of round two (see it).

Of course, McGregor has a history talking smack about Team Alpha Male, taking every chance he can to talk about their diminutive statures.

And when you couple that along with the recent backstage altercation between McGregor and Faber at UFC 189's weigh-ins (see it here), it seems TUF 22 will have plenty of tense moments between "California Kid" and the man he dubbed a "crackhead" with the junior varsity wrestling.

Let the conspiracy theories begin!

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