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Dillashaw not a fan of McGregor: I'm just too professional for the way he acts

UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw explains why he is not a fan of featherweight contender Conor McGregor.

Conor McGregor may have dazzled fans with his confidence and striking savvy, but according to UFC bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw, his antics make him a far less likeable athlete.

"This will be probably the first time I'm rooting for Jose Aldo," Dillashaw said on The MMA Hour. "[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."

It is a sore point for Dillashaw, who understands the UFC's pursuit of the bottom line, and the importance of selling fights, but he simply wants no part of McGregor's pro-wrestling style of marketing.

"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, who won the 135-pound title in an upset against Renan Barao, believes the Irishman has the skills to make the fight interesting but cannot help but root for the soft-spoken Brazilian.

"I hope [Aldo finishes him]," Dillashaw added. "But I don't know, man. McGregor's standup and his movements are really good. His confidence. It's going to be a tough fight for Aldo, but I'm rooting for Aldo."

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