With Jose Aldo bowing out of Saturday’s highly-anticipated shootout against Conor McGregor at the last minute, the UFC is frantically trying to trash the old UFC 189 posters and plaster the new ones up throughout The Las Vegas Strip.
Luckily, a quick cut of Aldo and paste of Chad Mendes helped speed up the process.
Of interesting note, although McGregor is clearly the biggest draw in the lineup, Mendes gets top billing. Mendes’ name appears first, as the event is officially dubbed, “UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor,” and he’ll enter the cage second behind McGregor for their interim featherweight title tilt.
According to UFC officials, it’s because Mendes (#1) is ranked higher than McGregor (#3).
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada serves as host.
Here is the show’s revised agenda:
Yosdenis Cedeno vs. Cody Pfister
Neil Seery vs. Louis Smolka
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Henry Briones vs. Cody Garbrandt
Cathal Pendred vs. John Howard
Mike Swick vs. Alex Garcia
Matt Brown vs. Tim Means
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Brad Pickett vs. Thomas Almeida
Brandon Thatch vs. Gunnar Nelson
Dennis Bermudez vs. Jeremy Stephens
Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler (UFC welterweight champion)
Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes (for UFC featherweight interim title)