Fighters can take note of Conor McGregor’s success in the UFC as one of the most popular fighters in the organization. The featherweight champion’s loud persona has caught the attention of fans as well as fighters in the UFC.
Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz may be learning from McGregor and his success by trying to build up his title fight, according to champion T.J. Dillashaw. Dillashaw spoke with MMA Fighting on the new eccentric Cruz.
“That’s just not who I am, I’m not going to be the talker,” Dillashaw told MMA Fighting. “I’m not going to go out there and turn this into the WWE like a lot of guys are wanting to do, like building drama behind the fights. It’s the Conor McGregor era now, it seems like. Everyone is wanting to make a name for themselves, and Dominick Cruz has been doing that by talking. He’s been behind a desk, being a reporter, talking about fights. I’ve been relevant fighting, so that’s what I want to do. That’s what I’m comfortable doing.”
“I don’t really ever remember him in the past being the way he is now. I feel that this is uncharacteristic, how he’s acting. It’s funny because in the past I remember him complimenting my style and the way I fight, giving me praise. He didn’t really like most of the Alpha Male guys, but really wasn’t talking crap about me. But now we’re fighting each other and now it’s a big deal. So it’s kind of funny to see how hypocritical he’s being, and how back-and-forth and how wishy-washy he’s being.”
If Cruz is looking to be as much of an attraction to the media and fans as “The Notorious,” he will have to get a lot more vocal because the MMA world is still buzzing off of McGregor’s 13 second knockout of Jose Aldo.
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