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Mendes's Coach Predicts Second-Round Finish

Coach: ‘Scary’ Chad Mendes will finish ‘court jester’ Conor McGregor in second round
By Guilherme Cruz, mmafighting.com
Chad Mendes stepped in on short notice for UFC 189, and plans on ruining "The Conor McGregor show" in Las Vegas.

"Money" will replace injured champion Jose Aldo and face "The Notorious" for the interim title on July 11, and his jiu-jitsu coach Fabio "Pateta" Prado guarantees Mendes is ready despite taking the fight on two weeks’ notice.

"He will grab this opportunity and go for it. Everything will be alright," Prado told MMAFighting.com. "It’s on short notice, but his heart and experience will make the difference. Alpha Male doesn’t turn down fights and that’s why we have credit with the UFC. Chad is always training, dreaming about this."

McGregor’s critics say he hasn’t been tested by a wrestler before earning a shot at the UFC gold, and they can expect Mendes to go for takedowns at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

 

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