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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
"Oh of course he would have a shot. I mean here's the honest truth, Conor McGregor is very good, T.J. Dillashaw is very good. When you look at different factors, here's something that's for sure. Conor is a much bigger guy than T.J., T.J. is a much faster guy than McGregor, and speed is an important thing. Conor's not slow, but T.J. is much smaller. He's not huge for the weight class, T.J.. So on top of his striking ability and the ability to wrestle... T.J. is a more well-rounded fighter. I mean the x-factor there again comes into the power. Conor is a big, big guy for the weight class, but I mean this is the era to be seeing fights like that. And as far as money goes and getting a fight that would really showcase T.J., I think that's a great fight as well...
It's funny 'cause Conor and I have been around each other and have an interesting relationship, but him and T.J. on two different occasions have gotten into it with things escalating to, you know, them kind of bad mouthing each other. So there's a little tension there as well and I think that's a good fight the fans would love to see... One time T.J. and Conor and I in the back of the Ronda Rousey fight in LA, we were in just a private little bar with celebrities and the UFC brass and words were exchanged, and T.J. was talking about Conor's title shot and Conor went back and forth and they were getting on each other's nerves, really. So I think they ended up having to be split up a little bit."
-Urijah Faber talks to Submission Radio about interactions between his teammate, UFC Bantamweight Champ T.J. Dillashaw, and Interim Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor recently, and how the two might match up in a fight with one another.
Penick's Analysis: Dillashaw may eventually be in a position to take a fight with one of the top featherweights, provided he clears out his competition at bantamweight, so that may eventually be an intriguing matchup. It's not something that's going to happen anytime soon, obviously, but go down the line a few years and that may be one of those matchups we talk about hoping to see come to fruition. There's tons of talent in that fight, and the stylistic matchup between their styles would be highly intriguing to see play out in the cage. Still, McGregor has to take that top spot from Jose Aldo, and Dillashaw still has far too much to do at bantamweight for it to be a conversation in the near future.
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