Talk about a win-win situation. Top ranked UFC featherweight Chad Mendes (pictured) will be paid regardless of whether or not his services will be required at UFC 189.
Mendes is currently on standby, officially listed by the UFC as their “contingency plan,” in case reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo and his maybe fractured/maybe bruised rib will ultimately force Aldo out of his heavily hyped July 11 shootout with Conor McGregor.
If that’s the case, Mendes will serve as last-second substitute to meet McGregor for the vacant interim featherweight title in exactly 14 days.
The situation couldn’t really get any better for Mendes. Not only can he once again fight for the UFC hardware, but he can also finally settle his beef with bitter rival McGregor in the process. And if that doesn’t happen, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo! Sports that Mendes will be paid no matter what.
White revealed this isn’t the first time the UFC has made such an offer. They previously alerted Jessica Eye to be prepared to get called up from the bullpen in case Cat Zingano couldn’t answer the bell to challenge UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 184. Eye was paid despite not needing to perform.
It is unknown if Mendes will be paid his show money and win money or just his show money if he’s not required to fight. Mendes may also have to make weight to collect his payday.
If Mendes does have to report for duty, it is also unknown if he’ll pocket a percentage of UFC 189’s pay-per-view buys.
Mendes’ last disclosed salary was three outings ago when he beat Nik Lentz at UFC on FOX 9. “Money” pocketed $90,000, half of which came via win bonus.
Ain’t nothing like collecting a check to do absolutely nothing. Now that’s the true American dream!
UFC 189 goes down inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Will it be Aldo vs. McGregor or McGregor vs. Mendes?
The MMA world awaits…