Urijah Faber and interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor can't keep their hands off each other.
"That [first incident] was completely off the cuff," Faber told The Underground. "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."
We don't have video of the second altercation but Faber makes it sound a bit more serious than the first.
"He likes them until the end when he's getting manhandled," said Faber. "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."
"He felt OK when we've had interactions," said Faber. "I think he's definitely best at a distance with his structure. We saw that with Chad. He's a tough guy."
Faber obviously isn't slated to face McGregor at the show's conclusion, but thinks the fight will come together eventually.
"I think it'll probably happen at some point," said Faber. "Honestly, it's pretty hard to get under my skin and he seems to be OK himself so we'll see how it goes [during filming]. We've already started the banter back and forth. I think people will want to see that fight."
5 MUST-READ STORIES
McGregor does a Cribs-style tour of the MacMansion.
Robin Black breaks down Dillashaw vs. Barao 2.
Inside look at Nieky Holzken's training ahead of GLORY 23.
Ronda Rousey explains her slam of Floyd Mayweather at the ESPY's.
Don Alejandro joins the Mexican manhunt.
Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) July 20, 2015
Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) July 21, 2015
@danawhite cowboy started this but I promise you i'm going to give him worst beating then The beating I give him already— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) July 21, 2015
Good guy Dana.
Dana White (@danawhite) July 21, 2015
I knew it.
Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) July 20, 2015
Get well soon.
Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) July 21, 2015
MRI— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) July 20, 2015
@SpiderAnderson vs Fedor would be a dream match I'd pay to see it— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) July 21, 2015
Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) July 21, 2015
Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) July 20, 2015
@werdum em off? Nosso campeão se descuida da dieta e da uma engordadinha, sera muito churrasco? Como pode, termos a disputa do cinturão peso pesado ,e não passou na televisão ai no Brasil , temos que nós mesmos, fazermos nossa mídia , peço a vc meu irmão, pra seguir e apoiar, esse que conseguiu a maior conquista de um lutador brasileiro , ganhando de dois lutadores invencíveis até então , do Fedor e do Cain , Werdum o maior lutador gaúcho da história , e um cara muito gente boa. Vou levar meu capacete maior ,minha luva menor ,e meu protetor de boca reforçado no treino hoje, depois de postar essa foto vida longa campeão
Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) July 20, 2015
Announced yesterday (July 20 2015)
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via theTruthProphet
Please, allow me to begin by an anecdotal story in order to set the stage. Nick Diaz, a 170 pound B-level fighter (if I may borrow a term from "the Notorious") moves up in weight class to challenge "The Greatest MMA Fighter of All Time" in Anderson Silva, who routinely dominated fighters in light heavyweight division, and early on in his career fought as a heavyweight. Nick Diaz not only manages to make a mockery of the man and toy with him, but in the eyes of many defeat him. Now let's think about what happened in that bout for a moment. I'm sure we all at least agree it was a close decision.
Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me up on Twitter @SaintMMA and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.