GALLERY: Relive Conor McGregor's maiden UFC title success over Chad Mendes one year on

He picked up the interim featherweight title at UFC 189 in 2015

BY Cian Roche 10:08 Tuesday 12 July 2016, 10:08 12 Jul 2016

Image: John Locher / AP/Press Association Images

At the UFC 202 press conference last week, Conor McGregor insisted he would continue to "dominate" the UFC featherweight division.

He was even present on Saturday night at UFC 200 to watch Jose Aldo beat Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 and set up a rematch for the title of undisputed featherweight champion.

But before McGregor dethroned Aldo last December in just 13 seconds at UFC 194, the Irishman enjoyed a historic night in Las Vegas.


1 year ago today I became UFC World Champion. This achievement meant more to me than I can put into words.

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On 12 July 2015, McGregor was supposed to take on Aldo. The fight was months in the making but came to a head when he confronted the Brazilian after his bout with Dennis Siver in Boston. The 27-year-old hopped the Octagon cage and raced to confront his enemy.

The media circus surrounding the bout was huge, the pair had press conferences in Brazil and Ireland as well as all across America.

But with less than a month to go before the fight, Jose Aldo was forced to pull out of the fight with injury.

In his place came Chad Mendes, a renowned wrestler in the featherweight division and a challenge the likes of which McGregor was yet to encounter.

The prize would be the title of interim featherweight champion and a shot at Aldo when he returned to fitness. Under the lights in Las Vegas, McGregor made his way out as Sinead O'Connor sang the Foggy Dew live in the MGM Grand and history was made.

McGregor warms up before the start of the bout

Mendes and McGregor trade blows in the first round

Mendes takes McGregor down numerous times during the bout

The American mounts McGregor and begins to deliver a number of hard elbows to his head

McGregor struggles to cope with the physicality of Mendes

McGregor gets back to his feet toward the end of the second round and begins to land the telling blows

One big strong left hand shot is all it takes

Mendes is beaten in the dying embers of the second round

McGregor celebrates with his team and coach, John Kavanagh

The Irishman is emotional after the fight

McGregor receives treatment for a cut above his eye

He thanks the travelling Irish for their support

A shot of the UFC Featherweight Championship belt



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