UFC 189 fight week has commenced, and it’s been a long time coming for the doubleheader of title fights in Las Vegas, Nevada. With UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo now a scratch from the event, we’re left with the interim title fight of Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor. Aldo vs. McGregor was set to be one of the biggest fights of the year, with the hype going in to overdrive during the eventful UFC 189 world tour. Fans of both the Brazilian pound-for-pound king and the Irish people’s champ will now be made to wait for the fight that was announced six months ago, and that’s if it does happen.
There’s a big variable thrown in to the equation, as McGregor needs another win to once again get paired with ‘Scarface’, and it will be his biggest test to date. Twice a title contender against Jose Aldo, ‘Money’ Mendes is back in the title mix. Having bounced back from his latest defeat with a big win over Ricardo Lamas this past April, Mendes will look to spoil the UFC’s plans for Aldo vs. McGregor with a win over the red hot prospect. The Team Alpha Male wrestler arguably gave Aldo the best run for his money during his championship reign at UFC 179, fighting fiercely during a back-and-forth five round affair.
Many dubbed the second fight between ‘Money’ and Aldo Junior as the best 145-pound title fight in the division’s history, and a trilogy-maker waits in the wings for Mendes if he can get past McGregor on July 11th. The fact remains though, we have seen Mendes go at Aldo twice already, and the first time he was knocked clean out. The promotion will be left in a tricky position if he beats the outspoken SBG (Straight Blast Gym) contender, as Frankie Edgar also needs to be paid his dues, and it won’t be as easy to market a third fight between Mendes and ‘Scarface’ in such a short time period.
We know what the UFC brass would rather see, but how about you, Aldo vs. McGregor or Aldo vs. Mendes 3?