McGregor, Faber to coach TUF, but won't meet in Octagon

LAS VEGAS -- Interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber have agreed to coach opposite one another on the 22nd season of the "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series.

UFC president Dana White announced the news on Sunday. The series premieres on Sept. 9 on Fox Sports 1. McGregor and Faber will not fight at the conclusion of the season, as is usually the case with TUF coaches.

McGregor (18-2), who defeated Chad Mendes to win the interim title on Saturday, will lead Team Europe -- a group of eight lightweights. Faber (32-8) will spearhead Team USA.

The two have a very brief history. Faber is a longtime teammate of Mendes. At the UFC 189 weigh-in, cameras caught a very short confrontation between Faber and McGregor backstage. McGregor, who was cutting weight, appeared agitated when Faber playfully grabbed his torso.

The reality series is not expected to interfere with a highly anticipated 145-pound title fight between McGregor and seven-time defending champion Jose Aldo (25-1).

UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told ESPN.com on Saturday that fight will "probably" take place on Jan. 2, although Dec. 5 is also a possibility. The fight is expected to take place in Las Vegas.