The first time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight (and part-time featherweight) contender Urijah Faber had an altercation with interim 145-pound champion Conor McGregor (video), which took place after the UFC 189 weigh ins earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, it looked completely rigged.
As for their second run-in? That's hard to say, as cameras were not present for their follow-up scuffle on the set of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22, which features "The California Kid" coaching opposite "The Notorious" Irishman, despite not being booked to throw down at season's end.
Faber details the incident (via The Underground), which ended with a "pissed off" McGregor.
"That [first incident] was completely off the cuff. I don't even know what it was. I talked to Conor about it, too. I was like, 'What was that?' and he just said, 'Eh, I don't know.' It started out kind of playing and turned out what it was. That happened again. It happened again a couple of days ago. They didn't have any cameras on us, we're giving each other crap and the next thing you know we're testing each other a little bit. Then we're like manhandling each other. It always ends with him getting pissed off. He likes them until the end when he's getting manhandled. Then he doesn't like it. The last one was kind of funny. His guy Tom [Egan] had to come in and be like, 'Alight guys let's break it up.' I feel like it was all in good fun for the most part. We both like to fight. That's what we do."
It's all fun and games until somebody knocks the stage down.
If Jose Aldo takes longer to recover (from this) and the promotion decides to punish Frankie Edgar for getting lippy these past few weeks, don't be surprised to see Faber -- who once held featherweight gold for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) -- get another crack at the crown.
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MMA Hour: Urijah Faber on his backstage face-to-face with Conor McGregor