Some critics have ridiculed top featherweight Chad “Money” Mendes’ conditioning after his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 189. Mendes took the McGregor fight on short notice and has made it clear that a full camp would result in a different outcome.
“The only people that are questioning my conditioning are Conor McGregor nut-hangers, and that’s just because he said that,” Mendes told Submission Radio. “And dude, look at my fight with Aldo. I fought Aldo, who’s one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. I went five rounds with him and pushed the pace the entire time.”
Mendes goes on to say that an opponent he beat when he was sick would put down the famed Irishman.
“When I’m prepared, my cardio is never an issue. It never has been. There’s been one other fight with [Nik] Lentz, where I was sick and fought through it, and still beat that guy, who in my opinion would destroy Conor. So you’re always gonna get those people who are talking shit. And I don’t think my cardio is an issue. It never has been. I took that fight on short-notice, and that’s why it was an issue in that fight.”
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