Video: Watch the brilliant moment when Chad Mendes and Conor McGregor show so much respect for each other
The build up was littered with trash talk with Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes, seemingly, showing no respect for one and other.
But when all was said and done, both fighters were quick to heap the praise on their rival after a bruising interim featherweight title fight in Las Vegas.
While McGregor was on his knees following his toughest fight to date, Mendes was quick to approach the Irishman and embrace him.
"The guy is tough. He's got the talk to back it up," said Mendes.
"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."