TJ Dillashaw relayed not that long ago that he wants to fight Jose Aldo “so bad”, but evidently he’ll be cheering for the UFC featherweight champ when he throws down with Conor McGregor.
Since Aldo decisioned Chad Mendes in October, who is Dillashaw’s buddy and teammate, the latter has been extremely open about the fact he wants to battle the Brazilian star. While none of that has likely changed, Dillashaw has admitted he’s not exactly a big fan of McGregor’s antics.
The bantamweight champ appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour” this week, and Dillashaw was asked to weigh-in on McGregor and his performance on Sunday. As you know, McGregor took out Dennis Siver in round two, but what really got people talking, was his post-fight bit. McGregor hopped the Octagon fence and went straight for Aldo, since the two are now expected to fight.
Not everyone cared for the extra show, however, including Dillashaw (quotes via MMA Fighting.com)
“This will be probably the first time I’m rooting for Jose Aldo,” Dillashaw said. “[McGregor] is a great fighter, he’s confident in the cage, he’s really, really good. It’s just, the antics. To me, I can’t get it. I’m just too professional for the way he acts.”
“I know it brings attention to the sport, I know it builds up fights. It’s just too WWE for me, man,” Dillashaw said. “It’s just too fake, when he jumps the Octagon and tries to get in Aldo’s face, but grabs someone to hold him back at the same time. It’s just so fake, man.”
Of course, “Notorious” fans won’t agree with Dillashaw on this, but the Team Alpha Male fighter isn’t alone in making this criticism. Dillashaw did add that he’s hoping Aldo finishes McGregor, but acknowledged it will be tough, due to the Irish fighter’s “stand-up and his movement.”
The Aldo and McGregor talk aside, Dillashaw is scheduled to rematch Renan Barao at UFC 186 on April 25th. Dillashaw stopped Barao in the fifth round last May to lay claim to the UFC’s 135 title.