Conor McGregor doesn’t see T.J. Dillashaw fight happening in the future, thinks UFC Bantamweight Champ “too small”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Conor McGregor spent a lot of time needling Urijah Faber and Team Alpha Male while filming The Ultimate Fighter, and one of his favorite topics to harp on was UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw being a “snake in the grass.”

After the most recent episode featured the biggest verbal back and forth on the topic yet, it’s led to discussion of a potential McGregor-Dillashaw bout down the line. However, while it’s a fight Dillashaw wants, McGregor said last week he doesn’t see it as a necessary bout.

“He’s too small,” McGregor said in an interview for “It’s that simple. Every shot would cripple him. It would break his whole, entire life, so I don’t really think he’s in the question. I giggle at his numbers; his numbers are really, really low. Really poor. If I could make bantamweight and take that belt, then it would be reason. But, I’d prefer the lightweight belt.”

For now, McGregor will attempt to take the Featherweight Title from Jose Aldo, while Dillashaw will try to prove he’s the legitimate Champ by defeating the man who never lost the belt, Dominick Cruz.

Penick’s Analysis: It would take Dillashaw moving up, but it’s likely that McGregor will have moved on to lightweight by the time Dillashaw’s ready or available to move up himself. Dillashaw’s still got too many potential challengers at bantamweight whom he hasn’t yet faced, and though McGregor still may spend time at featherweight no matter whether he beats Aldo or not, it’s just unlikely that this fight would ever come together.

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