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TUF 22 Recap: Will the Real McGregor Please Stand Up?

Conor McGregor’s constant styling and profiling has been the go-to punchline for Urijah Faber all season long on The Ultimate Fighter 22. According to Faber, McGregor dresses “like a 50-something-year-old man” who “just got ahold of some money.”

Californians work hard so they don’t have to wear a suit, while people in Ireland, according to McGregor, work hard so they can wear a suit. The cultural clash has been one of the main focal points between the Americans and Europeans.

So Team Faber decided to shake things up a bit this week. Instead of clowning on the fashionable Irishman, the team hopped into the van and headed down to a local thrift store to update their dated threads. Thanks to the little spontaneous shopping spree, James Jenkins learned he was a size 7 in women’s skinny jeans.

When the team returned to the TUF set, McGregor couldn’t help but laugh at a room full of his own personal doppelgangers. Team Faber looked like an overdressed 90s cover band, but it was all in good fun. McGregor seemed to get a kick out of it as well.

However, things weren’t all laughs and giggles in the TUF house.

Team Faber was knee-deep in a celebration for Julian Erosa’s win over Mehdi Baghdad last week. It was raining NOS Energy drink as the team celebrated its third win of the season. Meanwhile, Team McGregor’s Martin Svensson could hardly stomach the party-like atmosphere from the Americans.

Svensson accused Team Faber of using cheap tactics like “leg locks” and “dry humping” to win fights. He hoped he wouldn’t have to endure the same kind of fight when he stepped into the cage with Thanh Le.

While Svensson bitterly watched from afar, Erosa, Tom Gallicchio and Chris Gruetzemacher coupled a game of billiards with a bottle of Absinthe, a European-based liquor nicknamed “The Green Fairy.” The friendly game of billiards quickly turned into a drinking contest, and before you knew it, Erosa and Gruetzemacher were several seconds from throwing down by the pool.

Luckily, things calm down and the teammates squashed the short-lived beef.

Team Faber looked to take a 4-2 lead this week when Le stepped into the cage against Team McGregor’s Svensson. All of the earlier concerns about “dry humping” were put to bed right out the gates, as Le began to pick Svensson apart on the feet early in the first round. It’s a bit ironic that Svensson was the one who desperately needed a takedown to avoid Le’s diverse striking skills.

Svensson eventually caught a kick that put the shifty Le on his back. From top position, the European didn’t amount much offense and soon lost the position thanks to a failed rear-naked choke attempt. Le quickly scrambled back to his feet before blasting Svensson with a big right hand. As Svensson went crashing to the canvas, Le hopped on top with a flurry of elbows to finish the fight, but the round came to an end and the European was saved from a possible stoppage.

The second round was a completely different story. Le missed on an early arm-lock attempt on the ground and exposed himself to being full-mounted. Svensson was extra careful this time not to lose position, and he finally worked himself into position to secure a rear-naked choke for the finish.


With Svensson’s win, Team McGregor once again has the power to pick the next fight. Next week’s bout will be between McGregor’s friend and teammate Artem Lobov and Team Faber’s James Jenkins.

If you’re behind and need to catch-up on all of the fight drama, we got you covered:

New episodes of “The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber” air every Wednesday night on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET.

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