UFC 189 Post-Fight Press Conference | Live coverage of the Post-fight Press Conference
Conor McGregor is the UFC Interim Featherweight Champion after a second round win against Chad Mendes at UFC 189. Live coverage of the press conference on StalkSport.com
UFC 189 Stats
The event’s weigh-ins took place before a record crowd estimated at 11,500.
The event had a $7,200,000 gate, which broke the record for a mixed martial arts event in the United States. The final attendance for the event was 16,019, a record for Nevada, which had hosted 91 prior UFC events.
UFC 189 Milestones
This was the first event to feature the UFC’s Reebok fight kits, which were announced on December 2, 2014 and officially revealed on June 30, 2015.
For the main event, the entrance music was performed live. Sinéad O’Connor sang “Foggy Dew” for McGregor and Aaron Lewis and his band played “Country Boy” for Mendes.
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald
- Performance of the Night: Conor McGregor and Thomas Almeida
The event took place during the UFC’s annual International Fight Week.
The event was expected to be headlined by a UFC Featherweight Championship bout between current champion José Aldo and top contender Conor McGregor. On June 23, it was reported that Aldo suffered a rib fracture and could pull out of the bout in light of the injury. A day later, the UFC received official medical confirmation from several doctors that Aldo did not suffer such injury. Following a review of the scans, it was determined that the champion suffered a bone bruise to his rib and cartilage injury during training. Aldo had expressed that he had every intention of fighting. Despite that, the UFC announced a contingency plan that would have Chad Mendes face McGregor for the interim championship in the event that Aldo could not compete. On June 30, it was confirmed that Aldo indeed pulled out of the bout and that the interim championship bout would take place at this event. UFC president Dana White said the reason for the interim title, in this case, had to do with Aldo’s history of pulling out of title fights, despite having defended it only 9 months earlier at UFC 179. The bout remained the event headliner. On July 1, photographs of Aldo’s scans were released and indicated that he had indeed suffered a fractured rib. On July 10, White claimed that Aldo did not have a broken rib as “every x-ray he sent out was of an old injury”. He reaffirmed that Aldo had a “bruised rib and cartilage” and that the biggest problem was the weight cutting process being complicated by the injury.