It seemed as though Chad Mendes and Conor McGregor could not fight soon enough after a jam-packed two weeks leading up to the main event of UFC 189, which took place tonight (Sat., July 11, 2015) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With McGregor running the show -- and literally hoisting the pay-per-view (PPV) on his Irish shoulders -- UFC 189 blossomed into a box office blockbuster even after division champion Jose Aldo bowed out with an injured rib perilously close to showtime.
Indeed, McGregor sold the show. And then he went on to close it, winning the interim 145-pound title match via second round technical knockout.
It wasn't easy though -- Mendes controlled the first two rounds with his dominant wrestling. He more or less smothered the Irishman for the better part of the match, but it was the moments that they were upright that appeared to do significant damage.
McGregor hurt Mendes on the feet when they were standing, especially with several spinning kicks that appeared to hamper his endurance. He landed several clean shots, too, but Mendes would just drag him down to the mat and punish him to recover and score points.
Toward the end of the second round, Mendes -- in top position -- angled for a choke. McGregor, though, spun out and immediately cornered him along the cage. Mendes was clearly winded, and when a kick, and then a lopping left hand found their marks, he crashed to the mat in ball.
McGregor followed up, literally seconds on the clock, until referee Herb Dean waived him off.
Simply incredible come-from-behind performance, especially with the weight -- literally -- of a nation on his shoulders.
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