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    UFC 189 fight : Chad Mendes vs Dubliner Conor McGregor

    Chad Mendes v Dubliner Conor McGregor
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    LAS VEGAS -- Two weeks. That's how long it took to mold a replacement fight into a massively anticipated pay-per-view event. If you're anywhere within a five-mile radius of the MGM Grand, you won't have to strain too hard to hear the rollicking refrains of the Irish faithful carrying on deep through the day, their devotion dying this neon desert the tri-color's shade of spring green.

    It was true before, and it's never been more true now: no fighter travels quite like Conor McGregor.

    But fights are won with skills rather than weigh-in spectacles, no matter how spectacular those spectacles may be. So in that regard, we turn back to the pros. Will the wrestler question ring true? Is Chad Mendes the man to spoil Ireland's grand party? Or is McGregor really a man of destiny, a mouth from the Eire sent to swallow the featherweight division xxx :-)? All will be known soon enough.

    Ben Rothwell: Being 50-percent Irish, I gotta go for my guy McGregor. Like him or hate him, I don't give a f--k. He's Irish, these Irish fans are awesome. A lot of them are going to be in that arena, and when you got that energy, man, when you got that crowd behind you, it makes you a different animal. He's going to bring a hell of a fight. Mendes is a very, very tough fight for him, but when he beats this guy, he's going to silence a s--tload of critics.

    Michelle Waterson: I think Conor McGregor is going to take it. His confidence is just through the roof, and there's just something to be said about that belief in yourself. I think fighting is 80-percent mental. If you can break your opponent down before they even step in the cage, the majority of the battle is already won. He gets under people's skin so easy.

    He's doing it on purpose. It's that mental warfare. And I always wanted these two to fight before McGregor was able to fight Aldo because I feel like the chain wrestling would get McGregor down. But with only a couple weeks' notice, it's kind of hard to get your mind wrapped around a championship fight.

    Daniel Cormier: Tough fight to pick. I thought Conor matched up better against Jose Aldo. I think Aldo was the fight for McGregor. I've seen Chad Mendes dominate the best that this division has to offer, and I just think that wrestling is going to be very difficult for Conor.


    Pros predict UFC 189: Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes - MMA Fighting
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    Thanks for the heads up, just tuned in.

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    Let's see if Mcgregor will put up. Mendes has said he'll take him to the ground and punch his face off.

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    Excellent first fight. What a knockout.

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    Fuck what a finish. Well done Mcgregor.

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    All of those fights were great, some serious blood letting.

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    Some great fights, best I've seen for a long time

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    Amazing fights, we had the MiL watching with us. She loves boxing and muay thai but had never seen UFC before. " Die die die " she constantly muttered. She can't wait to watch it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bankao dreamer View Post
    Amazing fights, we had the MiL watching with us. She loves boxing and muay thai but had never seen UFC before. " Die die die " she constantly muttered. She can't wait to watch it again.
    She wasn't looking at you while she was muttering it, was she?


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    No of course she wasn't looking at me !! Oh hang on ooh err oh feck

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    Dubliner Conor McGregor beat Chad Mendes for the UFC interim title,





    The Irish sensation Conor McGregor proved the doubters wrong tonight in Las Vegas at UFC 189 with a second-round stoppage win over wrestler Chad Mendes. Many said the flashy striker wouldn't be able to hang with one of the UFC's best wrestlers, but tonight he survived several minutes of battery from Mendes while pinned on his back before standing back up to get the win.

    The first round saw McGregor come out firing spinning kicks, unintimidated by Mendes' vaunted wrestling. It seemed to work early as he backed Mendes up and appeared to hurt him. McGregor bounced up from Mendes initial takedown attempts, but later in the round it didn't work so well as Mendes took him down and bloodied him with elbows.

    Mendes took McGregor down early in the second and battered the Irishman with elbows again. McGregor's defense on the ground seemed limited to a closed guard and periodic appeals to the ref to stand them up. But when Mendes went for a choke and lost position, McGregor stood up and went for the kill. He battered Mendes up against the cage, dropped him and finished him with 10 seconds left in the round.

    UFC 189 saw an unprecedented marketing campaign for the original headliner of Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor. The promotion sought to capitalize on the featherweight challenger's charisma and introduced him to as many fans as possible with media tours and a ton of paid advertising. Ordinarily that investment would have been considered lost when Aldo had to pull out of the fight citing a rib injury and was replaced by Chad Mendes. Fortunately for Dana White and the UFC, fan interest appears to have hardly been diminished with the substitution of an interim championship bout.

    The card set records at the gate for an MMA event in the U.S. with over $7.1 million in ticket sales, breaking the previous record of $6.9 million set by Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II in 2012.



    UFC 189 results: Full fight card winners and reaction from McGregor vs. Mendes - SBNation.com



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    DUBLIN MMA superstar Conor McGregor has warned Jose Aldo that his day of reckoning will come.


    Jose Aldo--- Conor McGregor

    Speaking after his second round knockout victory over Chad Mendes in front of 11,000 Irish fans in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Crumlin-born fighter threw down the gauntlet to the Brazilian.
    "In my opinion, Jose went running," McGregor said.
    "I had bigger injuries in the lead-up to this fight than that bruised rib and I still showed up here and performed.
    "If he wants to come back, he can come back but I swear to God, his day will come," he said.
    He could be set for a return to the MGM as early as January as UFC bosses revealed that they had reserved the venue for a potential McGregor v Aldo clash.
    However, at a press conference after the featherweight fight he said that his would-be opponent wasn't worth talking about.
    READ MORE: Fans do Conor proud as thousands arrive to turn Vegas green
    "If it comes around, we'll discuss it then, but right now this is my night. This is Ireland's night. SBG (Straight Blast Gym), my family, this is our night," he said.
    UFC president Dana White has pledged that McGregor's first title defence will be held on home soil in Croke Park.
    His family joined the legion of Irish fans who travelled to Nevada to watch him claim the interim title.
    READ MORE: Celebrities rush to congratulate McGregor on win
    In an emotional after-match moment his mum Margaret kissed her son proudly on the forehead.
    Despite emerging bloodied from the ring, the 27-year-old turned up at his after-party in a suave dark suit showing no ill-effects from the gruelling match.
    READ MORE: Date set for Conor McGregor-Jose Aldo grudge match
    His long-time girlfriend Dee Devlin wowed in a peach dress in the Foxtail nightclub in the SLS Hotel on the Vegas strip - with his shiny new belt around his waist. The fighter was joined by friends and family to toast his success.
    McGregor said he was "blown apart" by the support from his home fans - 11,000 of whom packed out the historic venue.
    The Notorious is famous for his fighting talk before stepping into the ring but following the fight his opponent revealed that he continued to goad him throughout their bout.
    McGregor is set to rake in a significant six-figure sum for the fight.
    On top of his prize money of around 450,000, the MMA hero will also see a cut of the millions taken in ticket sales and also a portion of the pay-per-view earnings.
    Insiders have also tipped him to earn at least 1m in endorsements following the win.
    The Irish betting industry suffered a blow similar to that of his opponent as the fight cost bookmakers in excess of 1m.
    A spokesman for Paddy Power bookmakers said the fight was a "bloodbath" for the Irish bookie industry but added that the money would be paid out with a smile.
    More than 90pc of bets wagered were for the Irishman to claim victory.

    Conor McGregor warns Aldo: You're next on my hit list - Herald.ie

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    Serves the bookies right they should have reduced the odds.
    You've got a mad mick with the tenacity and never say die attitude of a loony galic bare knuckle fighter, combined with the speed and technical ability that most movie fighters can only dream of.

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    He's a great fighter but he really needs to work on his break dancing (floor work), Mendes almost had him with those brutal elbows on the ground.

    Still a great fight by two great fighters though.

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