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TJ Dillashaw: I’m not Conor McGregor, I’m not afraid to fight or defend my belt

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, has the opportunity to do something very few fighters before him have accomplished, in holding two championship titles in two different weight classes.

At the same time.

But unlike Conor McGregor, who move up in weight to capture his second crown, Dillashaw wants to drop down and unseat Demetrious Johnson from the flyweight throne, as well as the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.

“This is a way to put a stamp on my legacy,” Dillashaw told FloCombat. “I was a little hurt losing that split decision [to Dominick Cruz] and not being on a 13-fight win streak and being called the pound-for-pound best in the world.”

Dillashaw (15-3) coughed up his crown to Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81, but then rattled off three straight victories, including last November’s finish over Cody Garbrandt to reclaim the crown.

Now he wants a “Mighty” showdown that has previously eluded him.

“In my mind, I should be No. 1. So it comes down to beating Demetrious Johnson to prove I’m the best, and it’s a huge thing for my legacy to be the double champ in two weight classes,” he said. “I’m not a Conor McGregor. I’m going to be active defending my belts. I’m not afraid to fight.”

But are people afraid to fight him?

If Dillashaw faces Johnson and does not defend the bantamweight title in his next fight, then he kind of will be like McGregor, who has yet to make a single title defense at 155 pounds and never defended his featherweight strap.

Everyone else seems to be on board, now it’s up to Johnson.

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