Some fans have brought it up as “a dream fight” — a pairing of UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and newly crowned UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
They want to see how McGregor’s unorthodox striking style would adapt to Dillashaw’s combination of “neo-footwork” and a strong wrestling pedigree.
For his part, Dillashaw says he’d love to fight McGregor — and not just to avenge the recent loss of his teammate Chad Mendes.
The UFC bantamweight champ, who successfully defended his title for the second time last month at UFC on Fox, thinks that McGregor’s days as interim featherweight champion are numbered.
“I don’t think he’s gonna last that long,” Dillashaw said to Submission Radio. “I would like to do it now if I could, because I don’t think he’s going to last and be champion forever. He’s definitely going to get beat. I think Mendes showed the holes in his game and I think people will take advantage of it. I think Chad Mendes beats him, I think Frankie Edgar beats him. You know, I don’t know if he’s going to beat (Jose) Aldo after watching that.”
Dillashaw also shrugged off some criticism from former bantamweight titlist Dominick Cruz.
“He’s acting like Conor McGregor,” Dillashaw said of Cruz. “He’s just talking a bunch of nonsense, trying to stay relevant while being hurt. He’s been out of the game for the last four years, and all of a sudden he thinks he’s a tough guy ’cause he got one finish in his career. He’s just talking a lot and keeping himself relevant so that he can get the next title shot, ’cause really he doesn’t even deserve it. He can’t even stay healthy for one fight. Only way he deserves it is by talking it up and making it a big fight. So I think that’s his strategy.”
Full interview is available here: