UFC 303: Conor McGregor’s comeback fight against Michael Chandler is in doubt

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The press conference in Dublin to promote McGregor’s return to the UFC is canceled

Conor McGregor. File photo: (PA)

Conor McGregor’s planned return to the UFC later this month has been thrown into huge doubt after a press conference to promote the fight in Dublin was canceled hours before it was due to take place.

McGregor is set to fight Michael Chandler in Las Vegas later this month in what will be one of the most lucrative fights in UFC history.

However, a message on the UFC’s social media feed confirmed that a press conference in Dublin has been postponed, casting great doubt on whether the fight will go ahead.

June 29 has been put in the diary for McGregor’s first UFC fight since July 2021 and he has expressed his ambitions to regain his place as a star of the sport.

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“It’s not like we’ve been working on this for ages,” UFC boss Dana White said while confirming the fight. “There are all kinds of things that happen behind the scenes.

“It’s all about timing. Chandler was ready, but Conor wasn’t. I talked about it at one of the press conferences recently, he had a lot of obligations to deal with.

“What you don’t want him to do is take a fight when he has a lot of obligations and can’t train 100 pieces for a fight.”

It’s not clear why the press conference was cancelled, but it led to the inevitable rumors on social media platforms that the fight would also be cancelled.