McGregor Stops Mendes, Wins Featherweight Belt at UFC 189

Jul 12, 2015 1:27 AM by Ross Field

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Conor McGregor won the UFC interim featherweight title in dramatic fashion at UFC 189 on Saturday night, stopping Chad Mendes with three seconds left in the third round after a vicious series of strikes.

McGregor (18-2) spent much of the first two rounds on his back, but the Irish sensation finished the fight with a lightning-quick combination. After a huge left hand put Mendes down, McGregor pounded away for the stoppage and then jumped onto the cage in celebration.

He later sunk to his knees in tears while thousands of Irish fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena serenaded him.

Mendes (17-3), who stepped in for injured featherweight champion Jose Aldo just 2 1/2 weeks ago, embraced McGregor in sportsmanship after a promotion dominated by high-level trash talk.

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