McGregor Takes Shot at ‘Snake’ Dillashaw
As the MMA world is still reeling from T.J. Dillashaw’s failed drug test and subsequent surrender of the UFC bantamweight title, Conor McGregor joins the list of pros who are reacting to the news.
Dillashaw posted a statement to social media on March 20, announcing that the New York State Athletic Commission had an “adverse” finding on a post-fight drug test following his loss to flyweight champion Henry Cejudo at UFC Brooklyn. The commission suspended Dillashaw one year, while a punishment from USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, is still to be determined.
McGregor took to Twitter to comment on Dillashaw, whose “Snake” call name he originated back when he and Urijah Faber, Dillashaw’s teammate at Team Alpha Male at the time, coached season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter.
I called that little snake way back.
I’m the new St. Patrick.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 21, 2019
“He is a twerp,” McGregor told Faber during the show. “You shouldn’t let him into your s*** because he is a snake in the grass and I told you that to your face. You brought him into TUF thinking he would help you. He was there to help him. He’s a snake in the grass and you need to figure that out.”
Dillashaw was in his first reign as bantamweight champion at the time of the show, which aired in 2015. That reign began when he challenged then-champion Renan Barao on late notice at UFC 173 and pulled off the biggest upset of 2014. Dillashaw then defended the twice against Joe Soto and Barao.
In October 2015, during the time the TUF season was being aired, Dillashaw left Team Alpha Male to join his head coach Duane Ludwig in Colorado. He then lost the title to Dominick Cruz in January 2016.
After Team Alpha Male member Cody Garbrandt claimed the gold at UFC 207, Garbrandt and Dillashaw coached opposing teams in season 25 of The Ultimate Fighter before Dillashaw defeated Garbrandt to reclaim the title at UFC 217.
Original Story: MMA Fighting