On the eve of UFC 189, headlined by featherweight studs Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes, more and more UFC stars are weighing in with their predictions. McGregor vs. Mendes is an intriguing stylistic matchup between the #1 and #3 ranked featherweight's in the world.
"I think Chad Mendes should be the favorite," Rogan said Thursday afternoon on his podcast. "Chad Mendes knocked Ricardo Lamas, dead. Dead. With one punch. He smashes dudes. He goes after guys. He's a destroyer."
Frequent podcast guest and friend Brendan Schaub weighed in on the fight and believes that if Chad Mendes emerges victorious on Saturday night, his star status won't compare to McGregor's. Rogan disagrees and feels the Team Alpha Male standout has all the qualities to establish himself as a household UFC name.
"See, I disagree," said Rogan. "Mendes easily could be as big a star as Conor McGregor. He wouldn't talk like Conor McGregor did, but neither did [former UFC welterweight champion] Georges St-Pierre. Georges St-Pierre was the biggest pay-per-view star of all time. Because he was a gentleman. Georges St-Pierre got a million pay-per-view buys."
Prior to KO'ing Ricardo Lamas earlier in April, Chad Mendes fought Jose Aldo in a pulsating five-round championship clash at UFC 179, which saw 'Scarface' earn a unanimous decision. Joe Rogan believes that the outcome may have been different if the two fought outside of Brazil:
"The last fight was razor close," said Rogan. "There's an argument that could be made that if they fought in America [Mendes] would have won that decision. There's also an argument to be made that if Jose Aldo didn't land that late punch after the first round that knocked Mendes down and had him very hurt, it could have been a very different fight.
"Let me tell you something, if he goes out and starches Conor, he's a giant."
Chad Mendes will collide with Conor McGregor for the interim featherweight title in the main event at UFC 189 on July 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.