Only five more days until Conor McGregor (pictured) becomes the interim featherweight champion! At least, that’s what UFC brass are secretly hoping.
The UFC’s latest golden boy faces Chad Mendes for the vacant manufactured title Saturday at UFC 189. Sure, having reigning 145-pound king Jose Aldo pull out at the last minute with a broken rib took a lot of steam out of the event’s sails, but there will still be two straps up for grabs.
Oh, yeah. Lost in the McGregor madness is the fact welterweight champ Robbie Lawler makes his first title defense when he grants Rory MacDonald a rematch in the co-main attraction.
Lawler posted a split decision over MacDonald back in November 2013.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas serves as host.
Please click the media players below to watch “Countdown to UFC 189.”
Mendes vs. McGregor:
Lawler vs. MacDonald:
Here is the show’s official roster:
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)