Chad Mendes is scheduled to fight Ricardo Lamas this Saturday, in what is a pivotal bout at 145, but recently Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor have been grabbing most of the headlines. The reason being, of course, that the two have been travelling together during the UFC 189 World Championship Tour, and there’s been several, memorable exchanges.
Arguably the most intense interaction took place on Thursday, when McGregor snatched Aldo’s featherweight belt away from him. UFC boss man Dana White quickly intervened before things got really out of hand, but the Dublin crowd went nuts with adoration for the Irish challenger.
Well, Mendes was asked to weigh-in on McGregor’s recent antics, and here is some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“You don’t touch somebody else’s belt – that’s their belt,” Mendes said. “If I was Aldo, I would have punched him right in the f-cking face. I don’t know. Aldo played it off. Honestly, I feel bad for Aldo having to do all that stuff with that moron. The guy’s got to just be the most annoying person to do a media tour with. It sucks for him.”
Yes, it’s probably been an infuriating week or so for Aldo supporters, but yesterday’s press conference was pretty, pretty crazy.
Mendes was also asked for his thoughts on how Aldo-McGregor will play out, and the Team Alpha Male fighter said he’s going with the champ. “Money” noted that McGregor’s range and lengthy, plus the fact he’s a southpaw, could pose a “problem” for Aldo. But, Mendes argued that Aldo’s vaunted leg kicks could play a deciding factor, since McGregor keeps his “stance very wide.”
The 29 year-old also argued that “(McGregor’s) always talking about being fluid and movement, but in every fight I’ve seen he doesn’t seem to move his feet very much. We’ll see.” Yes we will.
Aldo-McGregor will go down on July 11th at UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mendes and Lamas, meanwhile, will battle this Saturday at UFC FN 63 in Fairfax, Virginia. That’s a big fight, as Mendes is currently ranked #1 at 145 and Lamas is sitting at #4. The winner will remain within striking distance of a title shot, particularly if McGregor ends Aldo’s storied reign in July.