Conor McGregor, left, takes a swing at Chad Mendes during their interim featherweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 189 Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Conor McGregor backed up every single word.McGregor (18-2) spent much of the first two rounds on his back, but he finished the fight with a lightning-quick combination soon after he reached his feet. After a big left hand put Mendes down, McGregor pounded away for the stoppage and then jumped onto the cage in celebration.McGregor has won 14 consecutive fights, and now he has a UFC belt and an enormous future date with Aldo.McGregor and the UFC spent the past several months promoting a title fight with Aldo. The fighters exchanged trash talk and posturing before and after the opening bell, but Mendes landed the first major strike when he cut McGregor above the right eye in the first round. McGregor smiled it off and kept playing to the crowd, but Mendes spent much of the second round on top of McGregor as the crowd booed.McGregor leaned in to land a right-left combination that stunned Mendes, and McGregor pounced with blows on his prone opponent until referee Herb Dean had to stop it three seconds before the bell.
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