TJ Dillashaw makes his highly anticipated return to the UFC Octagon after a long wait of more than two years against Cory Sandhagen in what is potentially a #1 contender fight for the UFC’s bantamweight championship. Dillashaw sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and shared his thoughts on the former lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
“It kind of sucks seeing go down the way it did. I want to see a fight ending with a healthy body. you never want to see a guy break his leg, that’s just so unfortunate. Now is the time when I want to root him the most because he is on the lowest of low. Coming off losses, coming off a broken leg, I am like the opposite of a normal fan would do, fans gonna ride when he is on his highs, but I am rooting for him now to come back and prove himself again.”
TJ Dillashaw and Conor McGregor are not the closest of friends, with both the contenders sharing bitter words about each other in the past. McGregor has never had good words for TJ Dillashaw, ridiculing him for his decision to leave Uriah Faber way back in the Ultimate Fighter.
However, leaving history behind, TJ Dillashaw had nothing but well wishes for the Notorious and is expecting the forme dual champion to make an emphatic return and prove himself to the entire world once again.
The rivalry between TJ Dillashaw and Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor made headlines after he called the former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw a “snake in the grass.” It won’t be wrong to say that that’s what must have inspired Henry Cejudo to go in with a toy snake during the face-off with Sandhagen for the flyweight championship.
Conor McGregor’s rivalry with TJ Dillashaw stems from the former bantamweight champion leaving Uriah Faber’s team. Needless to say, McGregor considers Uriah Faber his close friend, and he was quick to warn the bantamweight great of Dillashaw using him for his benefit.
I called that little snake way back.
I’m the new St. Patrick.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 21, 2019
McGregor reminded everybody of the same after Dillashaw failed his drug test for EPO, for which he was handed a two-year suspension. Needless to say, with history behind him, Dillashaw is hoping for McGregor to make an emphatic return.