Urijah Faber on Conor McGregor’s style: “poser wearing Tapout”


It is fair to say that The Ultimate Fighter coaches Urijah Faber and Conor McGregor are major contrasts. Not only in their opinions, outlooks and projections, but also their style. Following a fantastic season opener which saw ‘The Notorious’ serving up the finest of the trash-talk, ‘The California Kid’ has fired back and hit right where it hurts: the wardrobe.

McGregor might just be the classiest, most sophisticated dresser in MMA at current; smartly fitting suits match sharp and dark glasses. Faber on the other-hand has always opted for the laid-back surfer look. Sandals, baggy t-shirts and flowing hair is more to his liking.

Last week, McGregor poked fun at Faber’s look. “He looks like a 15-year-old skateboarder,” he said. “I told him he needs to dress his age.”

This week was Faber’s time to shine, and he jabbed back at McGregor on two fronts. For one, Faber noted that dressing in a suit isn’t exactly practical when you’re trying to coach fighters in the heat of a Nevada summer.

“Let’s be honest here, Conor shows up every day, to practice, to everything, in the Vegas desert, in the full get up,” Faber said. “And he’s got armpit sweat coming out to here [gesturing across his back], at one point he has an ass crack full of sweaty ass, he rips his pants at one point.”

Secondly, Faber simply views things differently to his rival coach. McGregor dresses for success; Faber believes you succeed so you can make yourself comfortable.

“I’m like, bro, what’s up with the outfit,” Faber said. “He’s like ‘I’m all business.’ I’m like, ‘dude, you’re like the Tapout guy at the bar who thinks he’s a fighter because he’s wearing Tapout.’ In this business world, Conor in a suit and tie is like the poser wearing Tapout. I had to educate him about business. Look at Dana White…Dana White will not put on a suit unless he’s forced to.”

The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber continues on Wednesday at 3am on BT Sport 2

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