By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Saturday night, the hype train known as Conor McGregor could have his 15 minutes of fame vanish. He’s fighting the toughest opponent of his career in Chad “Money” Mendes.
As many of you already know, Mendes was named the replacement following McGregor and President Dana White‘s announcement that Jose Aldo Jr. couldn’t fight. McGregor and Aldo had a crazy lead-up to the fight before he had to pull out with a rib injury from UFC 189 in Las Vegas.
It seems like this drama with Mendes and McGregor is even better than what we previously had in Aldo and McGregor confrontations. While McGregor hasn’t lost since 2010, Mendes could put McGregor out to pasture.
The Team Alpha Male member has seven knockouts and eight decisions in his 17 career wins. While that’s good, McGregor has an even better percentage at 88% with 15 knockouts in 17 fights.
Both competitors come into this fight with a 15-2 overall record.
While McGregor is known to knock people out, he won’t stop running his mouth, as we’ve seen in the press conference and the weigh-ins leading up to this particular fight. Mendes is just one punch, or even one submission from putting McGregor out of the limelight.
Sure, we know that McGregor has stated – over and over again – that he’ll knock Mendes out in four minutes. But we don’t think that will happen, because of the caliber opponent that the Hanford, Cal. native brings to the table.
He’s been perfect in his fights – outside of facing Jose Aldo, who he lost two twice. And McGregor is no Aldo, as he can be beaten. Both times that he’s lost, it’s been to submissions – a knee bar and an arm-triangle choke.
Plus, he couldn’t even beat Dennis Siver in Jan. in four minutes, even when Siver was no match for the SGB Ireland member. Siver, who was beaten and bloodied from the first few minutes of the fight in Boston, was dispatched 1:54 into the second round – that’s nearly seven minutes overall.
None of McGregor’s past opponents are on the level of Mendes. And after the main event of the pay-per-view, announcer Bruce Buffer will say – ‘And the new featherweight champion is Chad “Money” Mendes.’
With the loss, we won’t have to hear from the outspoken McGregor, who will have to cry his way out of the arena – and even at the press conference – as his championship hopes go away. He’ll also have to re-focus his career with the third loss of his career.
Bye-Bye McGregor, your time is over!