UFC 189: Conor McGregor Becomes Interim Featherweight Champion With TKO Win Over Chad Mendes

UFC 189: Conor McGregor Becomes Interim Featherweight Champion With TKO Win Over Chad Mendes

Conor McGregor confirmed his place as the Interim Featherweight Champion at UFC 189 last night.

The 26-year-old Irishman beat No1 contender Chad Mendes with a TKO when the fight was stopped in the second round.

Notorious brought with him an army of Irish followers as they turned the MGM Grand in Las Vegas into a mini Dublin for the night.

McGregor – who was scheduled to fight Jose Aldo before the Brazilian pulled out two weeks ago – broke down after the fight as the realisation of his achievement sank in.

He said: “When my title shot went running and they gave me the challenge that I was supposed to be ‘protected’ from, I knew I was gonna prove to people that I’m a true fighter.

“It doesn’t matter who it is, I’m a professional and I come in here and I fight and I’m confident in my abilities.

“I want to say thank you to my team, my family, everyone that’s came up with me. We work in a tight, tight circle. The people since day one are here with me now.

“And the Irish people that support me, oh my god, I done this for us.”

After an pretty even first round, McGregor struggled on the matt as Mendes’ wrestling supremacy began to show with a number of take-downs, allowing the American to reign elbows on McGregor.

But the Dubliner recovered late in the round, managing to get back to his feet and land a series of strikes to Mendes’ face to force a stoppage.

You can check it out in the video below.


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