Chad “Money” Mendes (17-3) lost to new UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor (18-2) via 2nd round tko in the main event of last night’s epic UFC 189. Chad was clearly in control and dominate in the fight but was caught with a slick Conor combo and dropped to be finished by a straight left jab. Chad spoke at the UFC 189 press conference on his thoughts on and throughout the bout. This is what he had to say:
“I felt like I was doing great the first two rounds,” Mendes said at the post-fight press conference. “Especially that second one, I was controlling the fight the whole time. But I took a risk. I went for the submission. I probably should have just stayed there and kept throwing the elbows, but I’m trying to finish the fight. That’s the risk you take and that’s the fight game.”
McGregor finished Mendes via second-round TKO to win the UFC interim featherweight title Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mendes controlled McGregor on the ground and landed blows for a good portion of both the first and second rounds. Mendes clearly won the first and was en route to winning the second, too, when he decided to try for a mounted guillotine. McGregor scrambled to his feet and landed repeated left hands to Mendes’ skull, which ended up finishing the fight.
“I felt like I had complete control on top,” Mendes said. “I felt like it wasn’t a whole lot he could do when I was on top of him. I made the mistake of trying to go for the submission. I could have stayed there, I probably should have and just finished the round out like that. It was just a mistake I made and that’s just how it goes.”
“I was pretty damn tired honestly at the end of that round,” Mendes said. “But I took that fight on short notice. That’s the risk I was taking. I would absolutely love to get back in there again with a full training camp and try there. Hopefully, we can make that happen one day.”
“More than anything he’s accurate and I think that’s what plays into the success he has with his punches,” Mendes said. “Nothing was like overwhelmingly powerful. I mean, he’s got power. He’s more accurate I’d say than anything.”