Mendes was tapped on short notice to fight McGregor at UFC 189, after Jose Aldo withdrew due to a rib injury. “Money” was controlling much of the bout with his wrestling and top game, but in round two, McGregor defended a choke attempt and put him away with punches.
“You know, I think he was looking for a way out,” Edgar said. “I know it’s tough coming off two weeks notice and supposedly he broke his foot and whatnot but you’ve got to go into every fight trying to win, man. You can’t be fighting for a paycheck. If you’re fighting for a paycheck, I’m the wrong guy to be standing across the cage from.”
And here is some of what Mr. Mendes had to say in response:
“I think that’s super disrespectful,” said Mendes. “There’s no way I’m ever going into any fight looking for a paycheck, looking for a way out. I’m going in there to win every single time. There’s no way I’m ever taking a dive. There’s no amount of money in this world that could pay me off in a fight. I’m a very competitive person. I’ve been competing since I was five years old.
“…There’s only one way to find that out, Frankie. We’re going to find out Dec. 11. I definitely don’t think this is going to be an easy fight for you.”
Interesting no? When this fight was announced, not too many people likely expected a beef to kick off, considering neither Edgar or Mendes are exactly known for trash talk. But, when you consider what’s on the line and what each man has accomplished, it’s not too shocking to see that things are getting tense.
As Mendes noted, he’ll face Edgar the night before featherweight champ Jose Aldo will take on McGregor at UFC 194.
Edgar will be fighting for the first time since May, when he earned a unanimous decision win over Mendes’ teammate, Urijah Faber.
Both events will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.