Do people really think that 2 weeks notice before the Mcgregor & Mendes fight didn't play a huge influence in the outcome of the fight? The body kicks were certainly was a factor, but after watching the fight again it was clear after the first couple of minutes Mendes was gassed. The UFC gambled on the opportunity that Mendes was not in fight shape, and it was a smart strategy. In order to bury the idea a re-match, they made Mendes later fight Edgar to eliminate one of the two fighters at 145 that have the wrestling pedigree to beat Conor. While RDA is NOT the same kind of wrestler as Chad Mendes, if he can get Conor to the ground this fight should be interesting. I know there's a lot of people claiming that Mendes taking the fight on 2 weeks notice is just an excuse. I've also seen people talking about the fact that Mendes did a tough mudder a couple of weeks before the fight. Do any of you guys grapple/wrestle/box? There's a significant difference between being in shape and being in shape for combat. I do not have a prediction for the fight between RDA and Conor, because it's way too close to call. If the fight stays on the feet, I give it to Conor because RDA drops his hands way too often. If the fight goes to the ground, I have confidence RDA could submit Conor. After watching that Mendes fight again, I have complete faith that Mendes would have GSP'ed his way to victory in that fight if he had a reasonable amount of time to prepare for that fight.