After Conor McGregor’s headline grabbing comment that TJ Dillashaw is a “snake in the grass”, the UFC’s bantamweight champ has not surprisingly, fired back.
McGregor’s comment was captured by cameras on the set of TUF 22, and it took place, well before Dillashaw announced that he’s leaving Team Alpha Male to go train with the Elevation Fight Team. In addition, McGregor weighed in on Dillashaw’s relationship with Urijah Faber and TAM back in September, and was openly critical of the champ.
Well, Dillashaw recently appeared on “The MMA Hour” to discuss everything that’s gone down recently. The ridiculously talented fighter was of course, asked about McGregor’s comments, and here is some of what Dillashaw had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If I’m a traitor, I feel like [McGregor]’s an even bigger traitor to his country,” Dillashaw said. “He went to Ireland, and he’s a big country man, and then he lives in the United States now. He moved to Las Vegas. Why? It’s better for his career. It’s business. And so, I put it so everyone understands, I’m just trying to stay on top and I want to become the best MMA fighter possible and I need coaches to do so. Right now in Sacramento, I’m teaching kickboxing classes, Martin Kampmann’s moving home. He was a great mitt-man and a boxing coach, but he’s a boxing coach. We have to coach each other at Team Alpha Male right now, and that’s a big problem for me.”
That’s an interesting way of looking at it, although, McGregor hasn’t announced any split with Straight Blast Gym and his head coach continues to be John Kavanagh. But, Dillashaw has a point in that ultimately, professional fighting is a business, thus the “professional” part…
Not everyone agrees with Dillashaw’s decision, but clearly he believes a paid training gig is something he can’t turn down, and a lot of fighters would do the same.
All the talk about TAM aside, Dillashaw is scheduled to fight former champ Dominick Cruz on January 17th. That fight could be something pretty special…Mr. McGregor, meanwhile, will face featherweight champ Jose Aldo on December 12th, in what is another ‘can’t miss’ scrap.