With Jose Aldo out thanks to a broken rib and Chad Mendes stepping in to face Conor McGregor for the interim featherweight championship in the main event of this Saturday night’s (July 11, 2015) UFC 189 from Las Vegas, Nevada, the stage is set for one of the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts of 2015.
Most sports books have McGregor as the betting favorite to win the placeholder belt and earn a long-awaited shot at Aldo, and given the Irish fan favorite’s reach, fluidity, and striking power, that could definitely go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena this weekend.
But there are also some areas that the more seasoned Mendes has over ‘Notorious,’’ areas that could potentially play into a ‘Money’ upset at UFC 189. Am I saying that will happen? No, I’m not; I still think this is one of the most unpredictable title fights we’ve seen in some time. But if Mendes were to win, there are five main reasons I believe would factor into his victory. Here they are: