Mendes: ‘Conor Can Focus On Money While I Beat A Hole In His Face’‏

Mendes: ‘Conor Can Focus On Money While I Beat A Hole In His Face’‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Yesterday we reported that Conor McGregor was willing to bet UFC president Dana White $3 million that he would knock Chad Mendes out in the second-round of their title fight at this Saturday’s UFC 189 event in Las Vegas.

McGregor actually doubled down on that idea during Wednesday’s open workouts, clarifying that the bet is actually for $3.5 million and that he hopes Mr. White accepts it.

When reporters asked Chad Mendes for his thoughts on McGregor’s proposed bet, “Money” gave the following response:

“I think that’s just another way for Conor to build this fight up,” Mendes said. “It is what it is.”

He continued:

“I know the guy loves money. I love money. Money is always on our minds. If that’s something he wants to focus on, let him focus on that while I’m beating a hole in his face.”

How do you see Saturday night’s main event playing out?

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McGregor wanted to bet Dana White $3 million on Mendes fight‏

McGregor wanted to bet Dana White $3 million on Mendes fight‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor is full of confidence heading in to his UFC 189 interim title fight with Chad Mendes this weekend in Las Vegas.

In fact, the brash Irishman was willing to bet UFC President Dana White $3 million that he would knock Mendes out in the second-round of their title fight:

“You want to know how confident this kid is?” White asked in a recent media scrum. “I can’t even believe I’m going to say this, but, he told Lorenzo (Fertitta) and I the other day ‘I’ll bet you $3 million I knock him out in the second round.'”

Conor is well known for predicting his own fights, as he has done so in his last two UFC outings. First, he predicted a first-round KO of Dustin Poirier, which he earned in dramatic fashion at UFC 178.

“Notorious” followed that up by predicting a 2-minute finish of opponent Denis Siver at January’s UFC Fight Night event in Boston, and although it took him two rounds to finish the German standout, his victory was still dominant nonetheless.

Do you think McGregor will be able to finish Mendes in under 10 minutes like he predicted to the UFC President?

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Chad Mendes predicts finish of McGregor‏

Chad Mendes predicts finish of McGregor‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Chad Mendes will battle Conor McGregor for the interim UFC featherweight title at this weekend’s UFC 189 event in Las Vegas.

“Money” has been a target of McGregor’s trash talk in the past and says that he is taking their July 11 fight personally (via MMAFighting):

“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. 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**king 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.”

Mendes went on to give his own bold prediction for his fight with McGregor:

“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 is confident that he can stand toe-to-toe with McGregor and also feels that he has more ways to win than the brash Irish fighter:

“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.”

How do you think the Mendes vs. McGregor fight will play out at UFC 189?

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UFC Middleweight Costas Philippou Retires From MMA‏

UFC Middleweight Costas Philippou Retires From MMA‏

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Yesterday, it was reported that UFC middleweight Costas Philippou (13-5 MMA) had been removed from the official UFC rankings.

When a fighter is removed from the rankings system it is usually a strong indication that he or she has been released from their contract, popped for a failed drug test or possibly retiring.

After some brief speculation, UFC VP of Public Relations Dave Sholler announced that Philippou was in fact hanging up the gloves:

@mookiealexander he has indicated to UFC that he has retired. That should end the speculation for you.

— Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC) July 7, 2015

Costas Philippou retires from MMA with a record of 13-5 with 1 no-contest. The 35-year-old went 6-4 while fighting under the Zuffa banner.

Philippou’s last fight came in May, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to former Strikeforce title holder Gegard Mousasi.

Prior to that, Philippou was coming off a first-round KO victory over Lorenz Larkin at UFC Fight Night 40 in May of 2014.

We wish Costas Philippou the best in his post-MMA life and thank him for his memorable bouts inside the octagon.

What was your favorite Costas Philippou moment?

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