Conor McGregor Out Of UFC 303 Fight vs. Michael Chandler With Injury

Conor McGregor’s return to UFC will be delayed following an injury.

UFC fans will have to wait a little longer to see Conor McGregor make his return to the octagon.

On Thursday, Dana White announced that the main event bout between McGregor and Michael Chandler has been cancelled following an injury. McGregor shared an Instagram story on Wednesday night with hints that he might be dealing with an injury and White has confirmed these rumors. The injury is unknown at this point.

White announced that the new main event will be Alex Pereira vs. Jiri Prochazka for the light heavyweight title. The co-main event will feature Brian Ortega vs. Diego Lopes in a battle between a former featherweight champ and rising star in UFC.

Last week, there was an unexpected cancellation to a press conference that was scheduled in Ireland. The speculations were confirmed by White on Thursday and both sides will work to reschedule this event, which could take place later this summer.

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Conor McGregor Suffers Injury, Out Of UFC 303

Conor McGregor was originally scheduled to return to action for the first time in three years. In 2021, McGregor suffered a broken leg against Dustin Poirier. The former two-division champion has just one victory since 2016 and has been in the ring just four times. McGregor also took on Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match back in 2017.

Chandler’s last fight also came against Poirier. This was a submission loss at UFC 281 in 2022. Chandler became a three-time lightweight champion after signing with the UFC in 2020. Michael Chandler went from respecting his rival to apparently having an altercation with the brash Irishman.

Michael Chandler in The Hurt Business

Michael Chandler was also featured in the documentary The Hurt Business – which chronicled the history of MMA from its inception to the modern era. The film also followed a wide variety of MMA fighters leading up to their matches including Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey.

Michael Chandler was one such athlete featured, at which time he was a part of Bellator. The film provides a unique insight into Chandler’s fighting philosophy then compared to now. You can watch the trailer for The Hurt Business below.

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