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Chad Looks To Make A Statement Against McGregor

Chad Mendes on Conor McGregor: ‘I'm going to mess this dude up'
By Chuck Mindenhall, mmafighting.com
Jose Aldo tried to battle through a rib injury ahead of his title defense against Conor McGregor at UFC 189, the contingency plan -- Chad Mendes -- began preparing himself as if Aldo were already out.

On Tuesday, as UFC president announced on SportsCenter, that became a reality. In what was one of the stranger situations heading into a big pay-per-view event, Mendes will now step in and fight McGregor for the interim featherweight title on July 11.

His leap of faith paid off.
 

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