Conor McGregor’s comments about UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw being a “snake” for leaving Team Alpha Male didn’t go over too well with the champ.
Dillashaw left Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male to join the newly assembled Elevation Fight Team in Denver, Colorado. As Dillashaw sees it, the decision wasn’t for McGregor to judge.
Dillashaw spoke on The MMA Hour to fire back at McGregor.
“Yeah, pretty crazy. It was just timing…timing’s everything I guess on that, and it all happened at the time when Conor called us out. It’s actually kind of ridiculous for him to call me a ‘snake’ or a ‘traitor,’ when the fact is I made a business decision. I feel like that’s…that’s like Conor saying it’s making business decisions, it’s all about business, it’s the fight business.”
“I’m getting told I’m a snake because I make a business decision for my career. That’s just pretty hypocritical, it’s very hypocritical to me when other people believe what he says.”
Dillashaw took his response one step further when he questioned McGregor’s loyalty to his home country of Ireland.
“If I’m a traitor, I feel like [McGregor]’s an even bigger traitor to his country. He went to Ireland, and he’s a big country man, and then he lives in the United States now. He moved to Las Vegas. Why? It’s better for his career. It’s business. And so, I put it so everyone understands, I’m just trying to stay on top and I want to become the best MMA fighter possible and I need coaches to do so. Right now in Sacramento, I’m teaching kickboxing classes, Martin Kampmann’s moving home. He was a great mitt-man and a boxing coach, but he’s a boxing coach. We have to coach each other at Team Alpha Male right now, and that’s a big problem for me.”
“Ultimately, it was a business decision. I’m going to have these haters out there, but haters are gonna hate.”