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Conor McGregor Wins Title With Second Round Finish Of Chad Mendes

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After a quick and furious windfall of media coverage surrounding featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s removal from the main event with a rib injury, Irish superstar Conor McGregor met Chad Mendes for the interim belt in the main event of tonight’s (Sat., July 11, 2015) UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The heated, anticipated bout kicked off with two of the most memorable walkouts in MMA history. The action began with McGregor coming out with trash talk and a spinning back kick, and Mendes took him down. ‘Notorious’ got back up and ate a shot from Mendes, who followed with two hard shots. McGregor landed an elbow and a spinning back kick as he taunted Mendes. He landed a huge shot, nailing¬†him with two more and a spinning back kick.

McGregor stalked him down but Mendes fought back with two punches. McGregor landed a hard left and another, but Mendes countered with a few of his own, pushing forward for a big double leg takedown. He tagged McGregor repeatedly, opening a cut on his eye. McGregor landed a few, but Mendes snapped his counter. McGregor went to the body with kicks and punches, landing a hard left to the head. Mendes rushed forward, landing an uppercut. ‘Notorious’ fought back with a straight punch but was taken down, and Mendes took his back briefly. An elbow rained down and Mendes went for a guillotine, receiving a warning from referee Herb Dean for apparently poking with his fingers as the insane first round wore down.

‘Notorious’ came out taunting with kicks in the second, landing several to the body. Mendes missed on a takedown and choke attempt, and McGregor snapped some big punches. ‘Money’ got a crucial takedown, throwing elbows from the guard followed by a punch. Mendes ground McGregor with elbows, but ‘Notorious’¬†fought back with hard elbows of his own from the bottom. McGregor talked to Mendes but ate some hard shots. He stepped over for a choke, locking on a guillotine but losing it. McGregor got up to land some hard punches, and Mendes missed a takedown. McGregor unleashed combos, nailing Mendes with huge left hands as the second round wore down. They dropped ‘Money,’ and Dean came in to stop the bout with less than 10 seconds left in the round.

Final Result: Conor McGregor def. Chad Mendes via R2 TKO (punches, 4:57)

Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale for USA TODAY Sports

  • aNYagenda

    I still dont like him, but I guess mcgregor is the real deal.

    Get’em Aldo.

  • So… Conor has arrived. Beat the #1 guy in the division, so from this day, he is to be called legit. Zero ground game, but he got the job done, so who the fuck cares. Gotta show the motherfucker some Hespect! Great fight, great card (other than most of the prelim card). I was entertained!

    • let-me-re-introduce-myself-my-

      I don’t buy that bullshits at all. Y’all really thought the UFC cash cow was going to lose tonight???

      • Falcon 4917

        Yeah because Conor really wanted those haymakers to smash his head. Mendes was deep on the guillotine and you could tell Conor barely escaped by nearly breaking his own neck. It was the spinning kicks at the beginning that took it out of Mendes I think. Then when the punches started landing he started to curl and move away. It was great to see them squash any beef after as well.

        • The only thing i’ll say is, Mendes highly disappointed me. Where was his footwork? Mendes has great footwork. He did nothing, no circling out, nothing! He just stood in the pocket and tried to trade. He was looking for that 1 big counter shot. It just didn’t make any sense. That is not how he fights. I think its a combination of emotion and over-confidence that got the best of him. He just stood in front of Conor the whole time and because of that took a lot of damage early in the first. Conor kicked the fucking wind out of him. Mendes made a lot of rookie mistakes and paid for it. Hats off to Conor though. He said he would get it done and he did it and now set himself up for an ever bigger fight. The Aldo/McGregor fight will now be twice as big as it would’ve been today. We did learn in this fight, that Conor has Zero ground game. He’s hard to hold down, unless you stay in full guard, but he has ZERO ground game. Mendes should’ve kept him there and continue to rain the elbows. His instinct is to advance but it was a mistake.

          • Falcon 4917

            Possibly right, but we again may have to see if that is the case. Conor says he had no desperation to make a big fuss about getting up as he felt he could weather Chad and let chad use a bit of energy. To me he looked like he wouldn’t be able to get up, but can’t be certain.

          • Yeah he can say what he wants, but he was not gonna get up as long as Chad stayed in his full guard. With that said, Conor did his thing at the end of the day he won the fight. He finished the second baddest dude in the division. Love or Hate him, he ain’t going nowhere. I liked his post fight interviews by the way. Less theatrics, more genuine.

      • lee coen

        Oh I see, we, UFC, buys the reffs, buys the judges then we stipulate when then piss test will be given..but not on foreign counties,they can have whom, not who, they want watch the test…
        Yes lots of money invested but the fist smashes the face, and like Rory, you sit down in pain and tap out…

      • Superzorro

        LOL. Expect more claims like this to come when big fights don’t go certain people’s way. The Kimbo-Shamrock fight opened the flood gates.

    • Space

      Zero ground game? That is a joke and you know it, stuffed several takedowns, active with strikes off his back, avoided submissions, avoided being put in dominate positions, got back to his feet and he has zero ground game? FUCK OUTTA HERE WITH DAT SHIT!!

    • Jin Yang

      if he had no ground game, i think chad wouldve finished him on there dont you think? dumb ass

      • Who you calling a dumb ass, cocksucker. How about you spread Conor’s ass cheeks a lil wider and try to get deeper up his anus.

        Chad fucked up.. he should’ve stayed in guard. He knew he wouldn’t be able to hold Conor down, especially when he was already fatigued. It was a huge error to go for that sub, with that much time left in the round. That’s definitely not a decision you’d expect from someone with as much experience as he has. He didn’t finish him, but he was dominant on the ground for almost a full round and Conor was pretty much helpless down there. That my friend, is ZERO groundgame. He just layed on his back like a virgin Mary.. on the feet, he goes to work. He’s masterful with his striking, but he has a lot of work to do on the ground.

        • Superzorro

          What? Rofl. Conor was arguably doing more work than Chad from guard. He was wailing on him with elbows from the bottom, much like Anderson Silva did against Travis Lutter. All the while Chad was cowering and complaining to Herb Dean.
          Chad knew going for a submission would cost him. That’s low fight IQ on his part. Fight IQ is what makes McGregor the surperior figher then, if that’s what cost Chad the fight.

        • Jin Yang

          did i misspell it?

          i second what “space” said earlier. “stuffed several takedowns, active with strikes off his back, avoided submissions, avoided being put in dominate positions, got back to his feet and he has zero ground game? FUCK OUTTA HERE WITH DAT SHIT!!”

        • Jin Yang

          i trained jiu jitsu and muai thai. again, i disagree with you. like i said, if he had 0 ground game which means he has no defense from jiu jitsu attacks, he wouldve been submitted or choked out. he was busy at the bottom given chad took him down and got on top into mcs full guard. i m just being honest and i dont think you know anything about mma from your comments.

  • Superzorro

    LETS GO! This squashes any suspicions that McGregor’s just hype, mine as well. I thought Chad was gonna’ be a heck of a lot tougher fight for him. McGregor’s a freaking monster.

    • lee coen

      He looked a little tired with the weight cut, and the gash above his eye had me hoping…but the victor won this flight

    • Chad fucked up big time. He just didn’t fight his fight. I don’t know what the game plan was, but he looked like CRAP! He was headhunting, trying to land that 1 big shot and took a whole bunch of unnecessary damage, just standing in front of Conor like a punching bag, but Conor did his thing in there. He did what he always does and Chad did everything he never does… ahh well.. I was entertained, so i couldn’t give less of a fuck. Not a big Conor fan, but i’m still happy for him in a way. He also showed Hespect after the fight. So that counts for something.

      • Superzorro

        LOL.

      • Space

        I told you from day one my friend!!!

        • lee coen

          Space–I digress—you were right–Shit!!!

      • jswade

        Yeah, glad he showed some respect and didn’t pull a Ronda after the fight…

        • Space

          ………………

          • Ehmmm….

          • Space

            Ronda has showed more respect to her opponents after the fight compared to what she did with Mieisha, doing that to Meisha isn’t an indication of who she is, it’s an indication of what she does when she really dislikes you. She’s showed respect to every other opponent in the UFC after the fight.

      • lee coen

        Spoken like a true fan: respect makes more fans watch more. Nice post, two points

    • Superzorro

      “LOL. Expect more claims like this to come when big fights don’t go certain people’s way. The Kimbo-Shamrock fight opened the flood gates.”

      —Superzorro

  • lee coen

    I walked with my head down as I left wild wings, I had so much hope for Chad. What they say is true, it takes one punch to decide the out come…and that’s why I watch the UFC and all MMA…the end keeps me watching

  • DG

    Herb Dean stopped that fight, and I’m sure he got paid well for his services. Yes mcgregor dropped mendes with a clean straight Left…but mendes was far from out, he was covering up, and there were only 3 seconds left in the round. Had the roles been reversed there is no way in hell that fight would have been stopped there. UFC paid for what they wanted and they got it.

    • lee coen

      I must agree, the UFC, refs are quick to stop all fights. I have watched the UFC from the very beginning…I think to keep the commiss happy they have to…I really want the old days..teeth flying broken arms, but how do you keep the ‘rules’ happy??

    • Superzorro

      Are you suggesting Chad would have recovered from that and won the fight?

    • Space

      Mendes QUIT! He was DONE!!! Fuck off with your excuses.

    • Come on man… Mendes was done. Stoppage might have been quick, but it was the right thing to do. It was a good stoppage. There was no need for Mendes to take more damage. He was badly hurt, he was gassed as fuck. He was not getting back into that fight.

      Conor separated Chad’s mind from his body in the first with those vicious kicks. So in the second, Chad had the will and determination to win, but his body would not respond to his demands.

    • leonaidis

      Yeah. The hype came true with a lot of help from Herb and Chad. And Chad never even called it a BS stoppage. I don’t care if he was hurt. In a title fight if the ref stops the fight 3 seconds from the end of the round and you’re not knocked out you protest. Or at least some one in your corner goes crazy with the ref. But not Mendes, or his corner. The fix was on. Aldo probably pulled out because of this. Aldo isn’t happy with the rebook deal, has been talking about retiring and the ufc probably was offering a good nest egg for that retirement, but Aldo’s pride got the better of him having to listen to McG and decided he wasn’t gonna play ball. Mendes did though, all the way to hyping McG after the fight as the real deal, and with out ever questioning the stoppage. How weird is that??

  • Falcon 4917

    One thing I noticed was Chad was putting his fingers in Conors eyes and cut more than once. Glad they had mutual respect after though.

  • Falcon 4917

    Haha

    • lee coen

      Nice

  • Jacques

    Fixed
    fight. That’s not the Chad Mendes who fought Jose Aldo. UFC set-up a
    bigger fight than the original Aldo Vs. McGregor by giving McGregor a
    belt. Now it’s a champion vs. champion fight with lots of bad blood
    between them. Sad to say the world of MMA is slowly turning questionable
    like boxing. Oh well, what can we expect. That’s how everything will
    turn out eventually if they want to earn millions.

    • Space

      Fixed? FIXED? Someone needs to fix your fucking Brain to your skull, tiny little thing has obviously fallen out!!!!!

    • Superzorro

      Get your hopes up? If Chad were to have gunned for Conor like he did Aldo, he’d have gotten finished even sooner. Chad didn’t seem like himself as Pacquiao didn’t seem like himself. Oddly enough both fan bases were claiming the fights were fixed. Go figure.

  • Timothy

    HUGE Conor fan BUT , i was not impressed with his offensive ground game, he took a lot of shots on the feet that he usually does not.Also the weight cut or something else affected him negatively because he was not that light on his feet as he usually is
    Of course lets not forget that Chad is an elite fighter so some of the above is due to that fact.
    Lastly we must not forget that Chad took the fight on 2 weeks notice and he looked gassed from early on(possibly due to Conor’s spinning kicks)
    Looking forward for the Aldo fight

  • leonaidis

    I’m getting this hype/drama thing now. This fight would’ve been nothing without it. Technically a lousy fight from both fighters. McG on his back was a travesty. Mendes let McG under his skin and try to knock his head of and stand right in front of him and trade, and even though McG has one hell of a chin, he can’t keep his hands down like that and block with the chin for the rest of his career. And Mendes on the ground was a joke. In the first he did some good groundwork, but in the second he just stayed in the guard, attempted a really stupid choke and payed the price.

    Something was very off with that fight, not the kinda performance one would expect from two off the top guys in one of the most stacked divisions. People say that McG has great stand up, he ate a lot of punches for a guy with great stand up. Mendes should have a great ground game, he made a lot of beginner mistakes for “the best wrestler in the division”. Both guys showed some pretty crappy technique. The only thing that really impressed me in that fight was McG’s chin!! He can take a punch. But some one should teach him that it’s better to block with your hands or dodge than to block with the chin.