Saturday July 11, 2015– UFC 189 will feature Conor McGregor (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC) vs. Chad Mendes (17-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) for the interim featherweight title. The co-main fight features welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (25-10 MMA, 10-4 UFC) vs. Rory MacDonald (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC).
UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on Pay-Per-View while the prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
And now for keys to victory:
Co-main event: Lawler vs. MacDonald
Keys to victory:
Lawlor: As his first title defense, robbie is looking to further silence the doubters once again as he rematch the very technical Rory MacDonald and plans to win decisively this time around. He’s had his rest from the string of victories he pulled to get the title and now he is well prepared to defend his strap. His keys to victory are too remain active and throw versatile combinations. Use his angles and get in the inside like he did in their first fight when he scored the knockdown. Robbie must remain ready for a ground fight keep rory from trying to take him down.
Keys to victory for MacDonald, are to remain outside and mix his standup with his ground game to neutralize his opponents game plan. With crisp boxing, he should be able to score from the outside and set up kicks that’ll further wear down the champ.
Prediction: Macdonald via UD
Main event: Mendes vs McGregor
Keys to victory for Mendes, are to use his footwork and mix his game plan with wrestling and striking. With footwork and head movement, Mendes should be able to keep conor guessing and be able to set up either strikes of takedowns with feints. Remain active throughout the fight and tire McGregor with his explosiveness and versatility.
Keys to victory for the notorious one, are to keep a distance and use the jab to pepper and keep Mendes on the outside. He needs to move and set up punches at angles to keep Mendes from trying to set up the takedown. While very powerful with his striking, he needs the smaller quicker punches to keep Mendes from putting him on his back.
Mendes via UD
By: Danny Pena