Friday 23 February 2018

Chad Mendes fractured his thumb in Conor McGregor defeat and wants rematch

Rory McDonald and Chad Mendes
Rory McDonald and Chad Mendes

The medical suspension list for UFC 189 has been released and Conor McGregor has been suspended for six weeks to allow the laceration over his right eye to heal.

McGregor's latest vanquished opponent, Chad Mendes, faired a lot worse as he suffered a fractured thumb and unless he's cleared by a doctor after an X-ray, he can't compete until next January.

Mendes is keen for a rematch against the Crumlin native.

Speaking after the fight, he said: "I know what I have to do. I have the gameplan and you just have to get in and do it but sometimes your mind is willing and your body is not and that’s what happened.

"Conor was the better man.... I would love to get back in there again with a full training camp under my belt."

He wasn't overly impressed with McGregor's power.

"More than anything, he accurate. That’s what plays into the success of his punches, Nothing was overwhelmingly powerful," he added.

"He’s got power but he’s more accurate than anything."

On the knockdown, he added: "I remember getting back to my feet and feeling tired, my feet were planted. That was the mistake I made and Conor was able to stand there in front of me and tee off.

"I don’t know how fast the stoppage was. If the ref thought it was done, it was done."

Fellow Irish MMA star Neil Seery has been handed the same medical suspension as McGregor after suffering a similar cut above his eye in his defeat to Louis Smolka.

SBG fighters Gunnar Nelson and Cathal Pendred did not suffer injuries that warrant a medical suspension.

The most brutal bout at the MGM Grand on Saturday was undoubtedly the co-main event between  Rory MacDonald and Robbie Lawler.

Lawler had a nasty cut in his lip, but it wasn’t very serious, as he received some stitches and will only be out until August 26.

MacDonald, like Mendes, is another fighter that could be sidelined until January. He suffered a fractured nose and right foot, and will have to get both cleared before he can return to the gym, let alone the Octagon.

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