Update: Watch the full fight below before it gets pulled!
Update on the Update: It got pulled.
It’s currently 5:52am Irish time on July 12th 2015. I’m sitting here filled with so much Irish pride that I could explode into a pile of shamrocks at any second. I just witnessed what will definitely go down as one of the biggest moments in Irish sporting history, Conor McGregor beating Chad Mendes for the UFC interim featherweight championship. Altihough the fight wasn’t the massively hyped McGregor vs. Aldo for the actual belt it was still a huge fight regardless.
I’m not going to bullshit and say that I’m an expert in all things UFC and MMA when in reality I’m one of the many people who only got into it since McGregor began fighting but nevertheless I’ve really gotten into the sport over the last year or so.
Before I go into the main event I just want to comment on how fucking insane the Co. Main event between Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler was! They killed each other!
Tonight is by far one of the proudest I’ve been of our nation. Watching the event and hearing all the Irish fans singing throughout just filled me with pride. Unfortunately of the three Irish fighters on the night only one came out as a winner but luckily it was the main man that came out on top. Sinéad O’Connor sang “The Foggy Dew” as “The Notorious” Conor McGregor made his way to the octagon and the music just felt fitting. There was somewhat of an eerie “going into war” feel about it. It was perfect.
One question that constantly came up about McGregor’s fighting style is how he would fare against a wrestler and with Chad Mendes stepping in for Jose Aldo that question was answered although maybe not how everyone wanted it to be. I’m not going to lie but there were times during the fight I thought that Chad had it with Conor on the mat for a lot of the second round. McGregor spent a lot of the fight getting further and further into his oponent’s head by trash talking and taunting him throughout and this appears to have worked as Chad looked to have been thrown off his game a bit at times.
In the end it came down to Mendes attempting to lock Conor into a submission which he came very close to doing before McGregor managed to squirm his way out to bring the fight back to their feet where Conor fights best before finishing Mendes with a killer right left combination winning the fight by TKO.
Not only was I proud of my fellow Irishman for his win I was also proud at the great sportsmanship shown at the end of the fight by both men. You could see the emotion just pour out of both fighters. Even though the fight ended in the second round it still looked to take a lot out of each of the fighters both receiving strong shots to the body and face.
In the end McGregor sort of answered the great “wrestling question” and came out on top in Las Vegas with the whole country behind him and the belt around his waist!
Watch the full fight here:
Until Next Time,