Earlier this week when news broke that current UFC featherweight Champion Jose Aldo would not be able to compete in the main event of UFC 189, the fight world was turned on its’ axis. However to right the order, UFC President Dana White anointed an Interim Featherweight Championship opportunity to the #1 ranked and former 2 time UFC Featherweight Title Challenger Chad “Money” Mendes (17-2).
Chad has lost twice to Aldo, the first occasion was at UFC 142 via highlight reel style knee landed by Jose to halt their battle in the final second of round 1. Mendes went on to win his next five fights, 4 via knockout to regain another shot at Aldo’s UFC gold. At UFC 179 he was defeated once more after a 5 round war. Chad again rebounded by dismantling a former Title challenger Ricardo Lamas via first round TKO in the main event of UFC Fight Night 63.
Upon hearing the news released of his new opponent, Conor McGregor (17-2) wasted little time in talking trash. Saying that he was going “rip his (Mendes’s) head off” and that Chad was a “career runner-up” and then he took a jab at Mendes’s height. Chad had this to say in response:
“I mean, the short sh*t, I don’t give a sh*t about that kind of stuff, I’ve been short my whole life,” Mendes said. “But, for me it was we had to do an interview right before my Aldo fight and he was talking about putting balls on my head and just being very unprofessional. This is something that, that made it personal. And for me, you don’t f*cking do that. This is the fight game, where somebody could get seriously injured, and that’s what I’m looking to do when I get in there against Conor McGregor.”
Chad then gave a prediction to Conor:
“Yeah, Conor I’m going to give you a little more respect buddy,” he said. “I’m going to finish you within the first three.”
Mendes finished his interview on The MMA Hour by solidifying his stance that he’s the best opponent that Conor will ever face.
“I think my striking is going to be great,” he said. “Conor’s never faced anybody like me before. I have the athleticism, the strength, the power, the speed, and I have wrestling to put him on his back to finish this fight. This fight is mine.”