Conor McGregor scored another, one sided victory at UFC Fight Night 59 on Sunday, but his post-fight antics seem to be receiving mixed reviews.
After battering Dennis Siver with punches and kicks from the outside, McGregor put away the featherweight contender with strikes not long into the second round. As everyone under the MMA sun now knows, “Notorious” proceeded to jump the Octagon and went straight for featherweight champ, Jose Aldo. The show certainly buzzed fans and observers, but for some, like TJ Dillashaw, it was just way too much.
The bantamweight champ recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing McGregor and his jump the Octagon bit, he stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“This will be probably the first time I’m rooting for Jose Aldo,” Dillashaw said. “[McGregor] is a great fighter, he’s confident in the cage, he’s really, really good. It’s just, the antics. To me, I can’t get it. I’m just too professional for the way he acts.”
“I know it brings attention to the sport, I know it builds up fights. It’s just too WWE for me, man,” Dillashaw said. “It’s just too fake, when he jumps the Octagon and tries to get in Aldo’s face, but grabs someone to hold him back at the same time. It’s just so fake, man.
Dillashaw certainly isn’t the only person who has voiced this opinion in recent days. McGregor has made countless headlines since arriving in the UFC, by making brash statements and catchy one liners, but he may have lost a few bandwagon jumpers with Sunday’s antics. Then again, he likely grabbed a lot of more fans at the same time…
It’s certainly interesting to hear Dillashaw will be cheering for Aldo, as the Team Alpha Male fighter has said several times now that he want to fight the featherweight champ pretty badly.
Dillashaw, meanwhile, is scheduled to rematch Renan Barao at UFC 186 on April 25th. Dillashaw stopped the renowned fighter in the fifth round last May to become bantamweight champ. The upcoming fight will take place in Montreal, Quebec.