VIDEO: Chad Mendes “McGregor Nuthugers Question My Cardio” “I Would Kill Conor” “Lentz Would Kill Him!”

Submission Radio sat down with UFC Contender Chad Mendes over the weekend and he had a lot to get off his mind. Especially when it came to the subject of Conor McGregor.

“The only people that are questioning my conditioning are Conor McGregor nut-hangers, and that’s just because he said that. And dude, look at my fight with Aldo. I fought Aldo, who’s one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. I went five rounds with him and pushed the pace the entire time. When I’m prepared, my cardio is never an issue. It never has been. There’s been one other fight with [Nik] Lentz, where I was sick and fought through it, and still beat that guy, who in my opinion would destroy Conor. So you’re always gonna get those people who are talking shit. And I don’t think my cardio is an issue. It never has been. I took that fight on short-notice, and that’s why it was an issue in that fight.” 
“[If] I train a proper fight, I kill Conor. And I don’t think my conditioning is gonna be a problem in this fight.”

“Yeah, it’s frustrating reading comments and just hearing people say that I got paid off or that I took a dive. It’s like, come on, dude. This isn’t boxing. This isn’t boxing in the 80’s. This is MMA, this is how I make my money. This is what I live for. And there’s no amount of money in this world that’s going to be able to pay me off. Especially taking a dive against a guy like Conor McGregor (laughs). You know what I mean? There’s no way. It’s frustrating to hear people say that, but everyone has their own opinion. And these guys aren’t the ones that are getting in there, fighting in the octagon. So they’ll never ever understand or know what the hell we go through. And so, of course everyone’s a big macho-man behind the computer screen, typing whatever they want, with no consequences. So yeah, I mean, I understand that. That’s going to go with any sport, with any profession. When you’re in the limelight, you’re going to have retards that are typing stupid stuff on the computer and running their mouth, where they know nothing’s going to happen to them. So that’s just part of the sport I guess, part of the business. But for me, I know what I need to do, and I’m gonna keep moving, I’m going to keep training, keep busting my butt.”
“It’s always tough taking fights short-notice. There’s guys that have done it and succeeded and won, and there’s guys that get their butts kicked. Well, that’s all part of it as well. This is a very short-lived sport for us. I mean, we don’t get to do this for long periods of time throughout our life. I mean, 35-40 years old is pretty max for most MMA fighters, and when you get offered a fight like that, you don’t turn it down. And yeah, obviously the money was great, but put the money aside, it’s like, what if I would have went out there and knocked him out with an overhand right in the first round, and I’m the interim title [belt holder]? You know what I mean? So it’s like, there’s huge risks for reward, and that’s just the chance that I was willing to take. It obviously didn’t go in my favour, but there’s nothing I can do about it now, other than control what I can, and that’s my training and my determination and drive forward, and that’s what I’m gonna keep doing with Frankie. He’s the type of guy that’s been in the sport for a long time, he’s a guy that’s fought and been the champion at 155, has come down to 145, and he’s going to learn what power, speed and athleticism feels like on December 11th. I’ll tell you that.”