Conor McGregor is doing his best to cause dissension in Team Alpha Male.
But the Sacramento gym's UFC champion is laughing it off.
McGregor coaches against TAM founder Urijah Faber on The Ultimate Fighter, which recently began airing on FOX Sports 1. On a recent edition of UFC Tonight, McGregor told Faber not to trust UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, calling him "a snake in the grass," for training part-time with former TAM head coach Duane "Bang" Ludwig.
Dillashaw, however, laughed off McGregor's accusation on The MMA Hour.
"He's been trying to get under Urijah's skin and get him going," Dillashaw said. "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."
The way Dillashaw sees it, McGregor needed to find something to get a mental edge of Faber, but the facts don't hold up. Not only did Dillashaw put in his time on the TUF set, but he's often the man in charge in Sacramento.
"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.
One thing Dillashaw knows for sure: After seeing what Chad Mendes was able to do to McGregor on two weeks' notice, the bantamweight champ is convinced he could defeat McGregor. But he doesn't accept McGregor to accept such a fight.
"I don't think he wants that," Dillashaw said. "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."