UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw believes a meeting with interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor would need to happen soon if it is to be champion vs. champion.
Dillashaw, the first Team Alpha Male fighter to secure UFC gold, recently told Submission Radio that he doesn’t see “Notorious” remaining among the elite list of champions for very long.
“Absolutely, but I don’t think he’s gonna last that long,” he said. “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 Aldo after watching that.”
McGregor won the interim title over Mendes, who stepped in on short notice after Jose Aldo was injured. McGregor and Aldo are expected to meet this December to unify the titles.
Dillashaw could be headed for a meeting with former titleholder Dominick Cruz later this year. Cruz, who was stripped of the title after several injuries, remains sidelined, recovering from another injury suffered in training.
“He’s acting like Conor. He’s acting like Conor McGregor right now is what I really think,” he said. “He’s just talking a bunch of nonsense, he’s trying to stay relevant while being hurt. You know, he’s been out of the game for the last four years, I mean no one’s seen him fight, and all of a sudden he thinks he’s a tough guy ’cause he got one finish in his career. You know what I mean? Like this guy’s crazy.
“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.”
As for when that fight could go down, Dillashaw said “it’s all about him. I’m healthy.”