Report: Conor McGregor’s Still Predicting First Round, KO Win at UFC 189
By FCF Staff
Although Conor McGregor is facing a different opponent now at UFC 189, and one who many believe poses different challenges than Jose Aldo, “Notorious” is sticking to his previous prediction.
Before Aldo withdrew from the July 11th card due to a rib injury, McGregor predicted that he would finish the renowned, featherweight champ in four minutes. Since then, however, Chad Mendes has been booked to replace the injured Aldo, and will challenge McGregor for an interim belt.
McGregor recently appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter”, and when asked to make a call for the new bout, the Irish fighter stated (quote via FOX Sports.com):
“I’ll give Mendes — I feel the two of them are similar — I feel four minutes of the first round. Like I said, the opponent is an illusion. The shots I have visualized landing on Jose, I visualize landing on Chad also. I feel the outcome will be the same. Four minutes of the first round, Chad will be unconscious.”
Mendes is coming off a first round, stoppage win over fellow contender Ricardo Lamas in April, and the only man who has defeated the decorated wrestler to date, is Aldo (twice).
UFC 189 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.