Dana White Picks Conor McGregor vs Urijah Faber as the The Ultimate Fighter ‘Fun’ Season

Published 06/06/2021, 10:02 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 05: UFC president Dana White interacts with media during the UFC 226 Press Conference inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC President Dana White sat down with ESPN ahead of the return of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ which took place on June 1. White has been riding with the company since 2001 and saw the ‘TUF’ boom that saved the UFC in 2005. He’s been on record saying that the organization is what it is today on the heels of the show’s success.

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In keeping with his long-standing reverence for the show, Dana White went on to list his favorite moments from the show. Having been there from the beginning, Dana White has a unique perspective on the situation. Not to mention, there are nearly 30 mainstay seasons to pick from leaving White spoilt for choice.

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White went over several marquee ‘favorite moments’ from the archives of TUF ranging from favorite season to favorite fighter. Chiefly, a fan-favorite category has always been ‘favorite coaches’ rivalry’ and White gave a definitive answer to the same. There are plenty to choose from, especially since the coaches’ rivalries often drive the show, but Dana narrowed them down to two.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 20: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 189 World Media Tour Launch press conference at Maracanazinho on March 20, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“That’s a tough one. There have been so many good ones. I thought the Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber season in 2015 was fun. The Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson season was fun [2009]. That was when Rampage ripped the door apart. Rashad and Rampage might be the answer, because they hated each other so bad. Yeah, I’ll go with those two.”

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McGregor’s season against Urijah Faber is most remembered for producing some of the most iconic one-liners of the show. Moreover, the show aired during the height of Conor McGregor’s popularity, and the fan reception was memorable. Everything that McGregor touched seemingly turned to gold and his coaching stint on TUF was no different.

On the other hand, the TUF seasons featuring Rashad Evans and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson can be remembered from one iconic scene. ‘Rampage’ Jackson lived up to his moniker and destroyed a door on the set. The image of Jackson tearing down a door like it was made of paper will live on the minds of UFC fans.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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