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danharr
7/05/2015 10:56pm,
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/58/Mendes-McGregor_189_pre_sale.jpg

Well we wanted to know if Connor can handle a top ranked wrestler guess we'll find out Saturday. It is as it should be he should've went though Mendes and Frankie anyway here's the line up.



Main Card



Weight class



Method
Round
Time
Notes


Featherweight
Chad Mendes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_Mendes)
vs.
Conor McGregor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conor_McGregor)



[a] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFC_189#cite_note-15)


Welterweight
Robbie Lawler (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robbie_Lawler) (c)
vs.
Rory MacDonald (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rory_MacDonald_%28fighter%29)



(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFC_189#cite_note-16)


Featherweight
Dennis Bermudez (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Bermudez)
vs.
Jeremy Stephens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Stephens)






Welterweight
Gunnar Nelson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnar_Nelson_%28fighter%29)
vs.
Brandon Thatch (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandon_Thatch)






Bantamweight
Brad Pickett (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Pickett)
vs.
Thomas Almeida (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Almeida)






[B]Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)



Welterweight
Matt Brown (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Brown_%28fighter%29)
vs.
Tim Means (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Means)






Welterweight
Mike Swick (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Swick)
vs.
Alex Garcia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Garcia_%28fighter%29)






Welterweight
Cathal Pendred (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathal_Pendred)
vs.
John Howard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Howard_%28fighter%29)






Bantamweight
Cody Garbrandt
vs.
Henry Briones






Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)



Flyweight
Neil Seery (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Seery)
vs.
Louis Smolka (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Smolka)






Lightweight
Yosdenis Cedeno (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosdenis_Cedeno)
vs.
Cody Pfister

Devil
7/06/2015 9:13am,
The hype train has reached the end of the line. Mendes is going to beat the snot out of McGregor.

Also, how the **** is Lawler vs. MacDonald not at the top of the card?

Hadzu
7/06/2015 9:32am,
Also, how the **** is Lawler vs. MacDonald not at the top of the card?

Yeah, I thought the same thing when I say it, I think they should get bumped up to the main event now that McGregor's fight isn't a title match.

Devil
7/06/2015 9:44am,
Yeah, I thought the same thing when I say it, I think they should get bumped up to the main event now that McGregor's fight isn't a title match.

Well, I know the answer but it doesn't make the truth any less ridiculous. The answer is all those commercials they've been running to hype McGregor and make him their new poster boy. I'm afraid they've picked the wrong fucking horse though.

Bneterasedmynam
7/06/2015 11:53am,
McGregor is headlining because he draws attention to the sport more than Lawler does. Or to put it another way McGregor acts like a total dick so people want to watch him fight more than someone who acts bland. All of McGregors fights have been high energy and very entertaining and win or lose I don't see this fight being any different. I think it's a decent choice for the main.

Devil
7/06/2015 12:14pm,
McGregor is headlining because he draws attention to the sport more than Lawler does. Or to put it another way McGregor acts like a total dick so people want to watch him fight more than someone who acts bland. All of McGregors fights have been high energy and very entertaining and win or lose I don't see this fight being any different. I think it's a decent choice for the main.

Well, yeah. I don't really disagree. He draws attention. And now the UFC has put a lot of their eggs in one basket with him based more on his personality than his fighting ability. He's a good fighter. He's just not the best.

Mendes is also the Vegas underdog based on Conor's hype train. If you're a betting man, put your money on Mendes.

Shawarma
7/06/2015 12:37pm,
Not so sure McGregor will get steamrolled here. Mendes took the fight on 2 weeks notice without the benefit of a proper camp while McGregor has had loads of time to prepare. True, both need to adapt to a completely new opponent, but I'd claim that McGregor is going to be in better fight shape than Mendes. Add to this McGregor's huge reach advantage over Mendes the Midget and you have a fairly good case for McGregor slapping him around handily.

I sincerely HOPE that Mendes puts McGregor in a wheelchair for life, like any sane human being would, but I'm favouring McGregor in this. The main question is whether McGregor can deal with wrestler like Mendes - he's been training for a muay thai murderer for months now, suddenly switching over and facing a strong wrestler instead may be too much for him.

Hadzu
7/06/2015 12:48pm,
I sincerely HOPE that Mendes puts McGregor in a wheelchair for life, like any sane human being would, but I'm favouring McGregor in this.

Actually, I'm not sure every sane human being *would* wish permanent, crippling disability upon complete strangers. Not saying you have to like the guy, my own opinion of him is neutral at best, but damn, dude.

That said, I've thought Conor's looked slightly less impressive with every fight, so I've always been waiting for that one match-up that would derail the hype-train. He does of course have the benefit of a full camp behind him, which Mendes doesn't, but if anything's gonna stop Conor in his tracks, solid wrestling seems like a good bet.

Devil
7/06/2015 12:49pm,
Not so sure McGregor will get steamrolled here. Mendes took the fight on 2 weeks notice without the benefit of a proper camp while McGregor has had loads of time to prepare. True, both need to adapt to a completely new opponent, but I'd claim that McGregor is going to be in better fight shape than Mendes. Add to this McGregor's huge reach advantage over Mendes the Midget and you have a fairly good case for McGregor slapping him around handily.

I sincerely HOPE that Mendes puts McGregor in a wheelchair for life, like any sane human being would, but I'm favouring McGregor in this. The main question is whether McGregor can deal with wrestler like Mendes - he's been training for a muay thai murderer for months now, suddenly switching over and facing a strong wrestler instead may be too much for him.

Yup. Dat wrasslin' tho.

Tranquil Suit
7/07/2015 5:02am,
I'm kinda bummed for Aldo. The man had a good payday coming to him. C'est la vie.

After this show, it's high fucking time for Frankie Edgar to get some spotlight.

I've pegged Rory McDonald as an upcoming dominant champion since a while back. He's had a few hickups, but I think his reign starts now.

Schroederist
7/07/2015 12:33pm,
How much is McGregor's 27lb weight cut likely to affect his performance? I don't care for the little fucker but I'd like to see him get stomped at his absolute best.

h_sh_m
7/12/2015 12:47am,
Regarding the main event tonight...

I strongly suspect Mendes showed up woefully unprepared in terms of conditioning.

He gassed 2/3 of the way into the first round. At first I thought he migh've been injured by a body shot, but when he still looked exhausted in the second I realized he really just wasn't conditioned. I mean the last shot attempt he took was really sloppy.

He generally seemed to be really trying to limit his movement and conserve energy while looking for an opportunity to end the fight quickly. This allowed Connor to set up his strikes more easily.

I think the short notice made it impossible for him to get in shape and cut weight quickly enough. He knew this and took the fight anyway because it was a good opportunity and would also gain him favor with the UFC administration.

The final give away was that he really didn't seem at all disappointed or upset about losing the fight. He also avoided talking about the fight at all, evading both of Joe's questions. I mean what's he gonna say? "Yeah, I knew I wasn't prepared but figured I'd roll the dice and get credit with the bosses of the monopoly we work for while I was at it."

I'm curious what other people's thoughts are. Do I have this wrong? Did you see something else?

ghost55
7/12/2015 1:01am,
CHOO CHOO MOTHERFUCKERS.

Tranquil Suit
7/12/2015 5:55am,
Regarding the main event tonight...

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I'm curious what other people's thoughts are. Do I have this wrong? Did you see something else?
Nailed it. Connor's takedown defense tells us everything.




CHOO CHOO MOTHERFUCKERS.
With Aldo out, I'm hoping for McGregor vs Edgar next. I have no doubt Frankie takes it (injuries and short notices not withstanding). Some of that spotlight might rub off on him too.



About Rory: Well ****. I'm a little concerned he's reached his glass ceiling.

Wherestehbeer
7/12/2015 3:19pm,
Regarding the main event tonight...

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I'm curious what other people's thoughts are. Do I have this wrong? Did you see something else?



There's no denying fighting on short notice is a disadvantage, but TAM is renowned for their Do You Even Train Bro mentality. They all stay in the highest possible shape they can year round. The biggest drawback for Mendes' short notice was lack of striking specialists to spar with in a full camp, so I agree he was unprepared in that sense, though "woefully" seems a bit much for a guy of his caliber. Especially considering Aldo is known for pulling out of fights if conditions are not to his standards. Mendes knew this was possible and had more than the two weeks notice in the gym to prepare. Not gonna say it's like Cerrone taking a quick fight since he's typically only a few weeks removed from a full camp and fight, but it's not as if someone woke him from hibernation or a 2 week drinking binge.

A soon as the bell rang, Conor sprinted over to Mendes and landed an unchecked spinning heel kick to his body and was fearless in throwing constant body kicks. Mendes might not have been in as good of conditioning as he would've with a full camp, then having Conor pull out, giving him even more time to prepare specifically for him... But those kicks caused the fatigue, at worst, more than the lack of a full camp. I would assume his limited movement and semi-lowered guard had a lot to do with that as well.

As for his avoidance, he's a classy guy who just got TKO'd by a guy he thought he was going to embarrass in 2 rounds. Can't say I blame him for not wanting to discuss it, and in both losses to Aldo he was very respectful and tried not to say too much while still in the ring. He was very dissappointed in the presser, same in the losses to Aldo. I assume he waits until he can ensure he won't say something over emotional to express himself on the matter.

danharr
7/12/2015 4:08pm,
For those who missed the event http://fightcreature.com/ufc-189/