Chad Mendes: The Irish are crazy, I wish I had support like that
Chad Mendes was gracious in defeat in Las Vegas tonight and had high praise for Conor McGregor and the travelling Irish fans.
For all the trash talk before the fight, these two warriors still showed huge respect for each other after a bruising bout in the MGM in Las Vegas that saw McGregor knock Mendes out.
"First of all, I want to thank Conor for accepting the fight on two weeks, he was training for Aldo that entire time, that's a completely different match-up for him," he said.
"The guy is tough. He's got the talk to back it up.
"What's awesome is this, these Irish guys are crazy. I wish we had support like that for everyone here, it's unbelievable the support you show for your athletes and I got to come in here and be apart of it.
"This is something that I'm never going to forget in my life."
McGregor admitted he was left shaking with the support of the Irish.
An exhausted McGregor said: "I'm absolutely blown away by the support. I can't put into words how grateful I am.
"So much went on in the build-up to this, so much media obligation, I travelled around the world twice and did two takes... One in case it was Jose and one in case it was Chad. So to just come in here and hear all the support yesterday and today... I'm shaking with it."
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