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Chad Mendes Reflects On UFC 189 Showdown With Conor McGregor

Chad Mendes took to his official Instagram page to reflect on his UFC 189 interim-featherweight title classic against Conor McGregor.

And what a night it was.

From the unique fighter walkouts to the action inside the octagon, UFC 189 has been seen as one of the greatest nights in the history of the sport.

The night’s co-main event saw Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald contest the welterweight title in a fight that remains among the most iconic we’ve ever seen and once the main-event came around, there was the feeling in the air that we were about to witness something special.

Mendes had taken the fight on under two weeks notice to fill in for the injured José Aldo but despite this, he managed to have a great deal of success against the Irishman – taking him down and unloading some great ground and pound before eventually, McGregor was able to scramble out of the position and score the TKO win in the second round.

Mendes posted to his official Instagram on the anniversary of the event, reminiscing about the fight and its outcome four years on.


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So crazy to think it’s been 4 years today since I shared the octagon with @thenotoriousmma . What a crazy experience. Conor and Aldo were scheduled to fight, but due to a rib injury Aldo was forced out of the fight. I got the call from Dana on 10 days notice and went straight from fishing mode into training mode. It was the first time the UFC had live performers for our walk out songs. Sinead O’Connor sent Mcgregor out and my boy @aaronlewismusic sent me out with “country boy”. Not sure where the last 4 years went but that’s definitely a fight I’ll never forget! #ufc #fights #fighter #mma #conormcgregor #fightnight #groundandpound #fightlife #titleshot #worldtitle #featherweight

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