Yes, Edgar buzzed the MMA world big time by putting Mendes away in the opening round, after cracking the perennial contender with a right hand. The win was so impressive, the consensus is that Edgar has locked up a bout with featherweight champ Conor McGregor. Although, considering everything that’s gone down since, guess we’ll see right?
Well, recently Mendes appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing his defeat to Edgar, “Money” said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I got connected on the nose. It was not like any crazy-solid punch,” Mendes said. “There was something that just wasn’t right, you know. Whether that was the first fight I fought without using an I.V., you know, maybe the hydration process wasn’t right. Maybe I took a little bit too much damage in that training camp than I should of or a little bit too much too late. I just felt like I’ve been hit way harder than that by so many other people and not been out. That was a flash that just graced my nose, really, and that’s another thing that I felt was so frustrating for me. I know I’m better than that. Normally, that doesn’t do that to me and it just sucks, but there is nothing you can do about it.”
Edgar fans might take issues with Mendes here, and view this is as excuse making, but it’s a concerning revelation nonetheless. If Mendes does believe his chin wasn’t the same, then perhaps he should take a bit of a break? Or review what’s going down in sparring at Team Alpha Male.
We’ve all seen how fighters who previously shrugged off pounding bombs like they were nothing, have all of sudden suffered a string of stoppage losses. Look at Sam Stout. The ridiculously rugged lightweight had never been taken out by strikes until 2014, when KJ Noons KO’d him. After follow-up, stoppage losses to Ross Pearson and Frankie Perez, Stout called it quits, and cited his chin as why.
Now, is Mendes there yet? No. But, changing some things up in training, and taking some time off might be wise. The featherweight is only 30 years old and fought three times last year.