T.J. Dillashaw's fame skyrocketed ever since he captured the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight belt from Renan Barao back in March 2014 at the UFC 173 pay-per-view (PPV).
He's been training more with former Team Alpha Male head coach Duane Ludwig, but don't call him a snake in the grass.
Dillashaw, who most recently defended his belt for the second time against "The Baron" at UFC on FOX 16 in July, is set to square off with former 135-pound champion Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 in Beantown on Jan. 17, 2016, and felt the need to squash rumors of him ever back-stabbing Team Alpha Male friend and teammate Urijah Faber.
"He's [Conor McGregor] been trying to get under Urijah's skin and get him going," Dillashaw told Ariel Helwani on the latest edition of "The MMA Hour." "Conor sees that Urijah and Duane don't get along, and the fact is that, he's trying to call me a traitor, he's trying to say I'm training with the enemy, and that a true fight for Urijah would be me, when really that's not the case."
McGregor, UFC's interim Featherweight champion, got underneath the skin of several fighters, including UFC on FOX 17 headliners Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone.
The 27-year-old almost came to blows with "The Viper" back in February, according to Faber, who's been coaching opposite McGregor on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22. It's a surprise that some of those emotions didn't fester when Dillashaw came face-to-face with the boisterous Irishman on the TUF set, which would undoubtedly help with the show's already solid ratings (via MMA Fighting.com).
"I'm spending half my time with the team, I went and helped on The Ultimate Fighter, I run more of the practices at Team Alpha Male than Urijah does, I put my time in there with the team," Dillashaw said. "For [McGregor] to talk about something that he has no idea, it's so ridiculous, but you can tell he wants to get under Urijah's skin, so he needs to do it."
With that being said, "The California Kid" won't be placed in a scrap with the pride of Dublin anytime soon, seeing as how he has bigger fish to fry. McGregor is tapped to unify the 145-pound belts when he takes on Brazilian Jose Aldo at UFC 194 on Dec. 12, 2015, inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in "Sin City."
McGregor notched a win over late replacement and three-time featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes -- also a teammate of Dillashaw -- back at UFC 189 in July via second-round technical knockout.
Knowing that the blueprint for beating him is there -- McGregor survived a putrid round one to rally -- Dillashaw knows that if his name was ever called to face the SBG Ireland product, he'd be more than ready to answer.
"I don't think he wants that," said Dillashaw. "I think he just wants to get under Urjiah's skin. If it was ever a possibility to work its way out I would love to do it, because I really believe that I can beat Conor McGregor, especially after watching Chad fight him. Chad on a full camp beats that guy, easily in my mind."
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