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T.J. Dillashaw defends his Bantamweight title by defeating Renan Barao by TKO with 35 seconds left in the 4th Round.
Conor McGregor was humble in victory when he won the interim UFC featherweight title two weeks ago at UFC 189. In his first interview since that memorable night, however, McGregor reverted back to his brash and familiar self.
McGregor (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) defeated Chad Mendes (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) by second-round TKO to win the interim 145-pound belt after champion Jose Aldo (25-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) fell out of the bout on less than two weeks notice due to a rib injury.
“The Notorious” got the better of Mendes on the feet throughout the contest. He also gave up multiple takedowns and was controlled on the ground. He lost the first round on all three judges’ scorecards and many believe he would have lost the second if not for the knockout.
Prior to the matchup questions surrounded how McGregor would fare against an elite fighter with proven wrestling credentials. He got that in Mendes and emerged victorious. A post-fight narrative formed around how Mendes would have faired with a full training camp. McGregor acknowledged, and unsurprisingly shot down, those questions.
“To the naked eye it seemed like a tough contest, and I get a giggle out of supposed experts in the field of fighting when they speak of his two-week training camp or his lack of preparation,” McGregor said on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “To the trained eye, you understand what you are witnessing. You are witnessing ruthless bodywork – ruthless body shooting where I teeped him into his windpipe. I cracked him into his ribs, and every time those shots dug in deep, they take rounds of you. There is no coming back from clean bodywork. It can render you useless and that’s what happened.
“He came out, I butchered his body, I rearranged his intestines, I stayed safe on the bottom when we were in those positions, I elbowed the top of his crown, I done damage and remained efficient then I rose to my feet, went back to the work on the body then his body gave up at that time. Then I punched his jaw across his face. To the trained eye, it was a ruthless performance by me. It was clinical bodywork, which was the deciding factor in the fight. It does not matter if he had a 100-week camp. It would not have made any difference. Me and him know the shape his body was in during those exchanges.”
According to FightMetric, McGregor landed 15 of 30 strikes thrown to Mendes’ body. He credited that work as a major attribute to his success, but also said the body strikes weren’t entirely thrown as a result of in-fight strategy. He said it was partially done as a message to Aldo, who was at home in Brazil recovering from the injured rib.
“Another reason I went to work on his body was because of Jose Aldo’s weak body,” McGregor said. “I knew his ribs were in pain, so I wanted to hit Chad’s body knowing that Jose was sitting under the duvet peaking above his duvet covers watching the fight, trembling as every shot to the body landed. It was another reason why I lit up his body.”
McGregor said his mental approach to the fight also impacted the outcome. He believes Mendes fought for points rather than the finish, whereas he hunted for the stoppage from beginning to end.
“It just reiterates what I know, that there is many, many bums in this business that do not understand the true meaning of fighting,” McGregor said. “I feel a lot of these people are brought up on sport; sport fighting where to score a point or gain an advantage is a victory. I was brought up where if I do not defend these strikes from these six individuals that are attacking me in this situation, I will not live to see another day. That is my upbringing to their upbringing where they score a takedown and it’s a success.
“I felt he entered the contest and all he wanted was to get takedown. For him and for the American fans and his team, they just wanted to see that takedown. That was victory for them. But it is not victory. In a fight to death, a takedown means absolutely nothing. So that is how I approach the game.”
Continued at: As stadium show looms, Conor McGregor declares ‘I am now the world champion’ | MMAjunkie
Bolded a couple of choice quotes for the lazy, but the article is well worth the read.
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Why did Jacob “Stitch” Duran feel compelled to speak out against the UFC’s deal with Reebok, which ultimately prompted the organization to cut ties with the veteran cutman on Tuesday?
According to Duran, it was simply the right thing to do – both for him and his fellow fight-night officials.
Duran, a frequent MMAjunkie Radio guest host, today joined the program in studio to confirmhe’s split with the UFC and to discuss the ensuing blowback from fans and fighters.
“It got to the point where I was trying to speak up for the cutmen, and being the leader and bringing this up and talking to the guys at the UFC, we had no clout whatsoever; we weren’t even in the equation of getting sponsorships, and I personally depend a lot on my sponsors to make it work (financially),” said Duran, who was barred from wearing outside sponsorships on fight night as part of the UFC-Reebok deal that went into effect earlier this month. “So, of all the cutmen, I would have lost more financially.
“But speaking up for the cutmen, I tried to talk to the UFC, and they basically had told us there’s no more money in the kitty.”
Duran subsequently did interviews with MMAjunkie Radio and BloodyElbow.com to voice his frustrations over the new requirements.
It proved to be the nail in his proverbial coffin, and Duran said an unnamed UFC employee told him he’d no longer be used on fight nights because of what he said about Reebok.
For their part, Reebok officials today stated they weren’t involved in the decision (via Twitter):
“I didn’t say anything wrong,” Duran said. “I stated my opinion, and we as cutmen should be compensated for wearing Reebok. How can you wear Reebok and not get paid? To me, that’s just not right, plain and simple.
“But I think the reaction that the fans have done and coming out and creating a firestorm, I don’t think the UFC was equipped to handle that. And I’m the fall guy, man. (I’m) taking a bullet for the team, brother.”
LINK: Cutman ‘Stitch’ Duran explains why he spoke out against UFC-Reebok deal | MMAjunkie
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