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Conor McGregor Withdraws from UFC 303 Main Event Against Michael Chandler Due to Injury, Dana White Announces

Conor McGregor Withdraws from UFC 303

Conor McGregor’s nearly three-year hiatus from the UFC has been extended, as the Irishman has pulled out of his UFC 303 fight against Michael Chandler. UFC President Dana White confirmed McGregor’s withdrawal on Thursday, citing an injury.

The main event on June 29 will now feature a light heavyweight title rematch between champion Alex Pereira and former champion Jiri Procházka. Pereira secured the title with a second-round TKO against Procházka at UFC 295 last November.

Additionally, the co-main event between former light heavyweight champ Jamahal Hill and Carlos Ulberg will be replaced by a bout between Brian Ortega and Diego Lopes due to Hill’s injury. Ulberg will now face Anthony Smith.

This was part of a tough day for the UFC, as the Fight Night scheduled a week before UFC 303 also suffered a setback. The main event between Khamzat Chimaev and Robert Whittaker was derailed due to a medical issue with Chimaev. The UFC announced that Whittaker will now fight Ikram Aliskerov.

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McGregor last fought at UFC 264 in July 2021, losing a trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier via TKO after breaking his tibia at the end of the first round. He has not won a fight in over four years and has not won a title fight in nearly eight years.

Conor McGregor’s UFC 303 Withdrawal Rumored for Over a Week

Rumors of McGregor’s UFC 303 withdrawal began circulating more than a week ago, especially after a news conference with Chandler scheduled for June 3 was abruptly postponed without much explanation from the UFC.

As speculation grew, along with a video of McGregor partying with his fiancée, McGregor took to X to address the situation. He mentioned “a series of obstacles” causing the postponement but assured fans he was still eager to return to the Octagon.

“In consultation with the UFC, today’s press conference was canceled due to a series of obstacles outside our control. I apologize to my Irish fans, and fans around the world, for the inconvenience and appreciate all your passion and support. I can’t wait to put on the greatest show…”

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