Conor McGregor (pictured) certainly talked the talk leading into UFC 189 shootout with Chad Mendes. And to the surprise of some, McGregor certainly walked the walk as he sashayed into the winner’s circle.
Many of McGregor’s skeptics have cried his biggest weakness is wrestling. Mendes proved “Notorious” still needs plenty of work on his ground game, but it was more than good enough to capture the vacant interim featherweight title on Saturday.
After getting planted on his back for much of the opening round, McGregor found himself staring at the ceiling in the second. However, the gritty Irishman fought his way to his feet and rallied to post a second round TKO victory over his bitter rival.
McGregor also won an extra $50,000 for “Performance of the Night.”
Up next for McGregor, a blockbuster bout to try and unify the hardware against champion Jose Aldo.
UFC 189 took place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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