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Conor McGregor has released his first statement since pulling out of his fight with Michael Chandler at UFC 303 with an injury

Conor McGregor has released his first statement since pulling out of his fight with Michael Chandler at UFC 303 with an injury

Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor has released his first comments since being forced out of the UFC 303 main event.

The postponement of McGregor’s long-awaited Octagon return against Michael Chandler was made official by UFC CEO Dana White on Thursday night, with the revelation that McGregor had suffered an undisclosed injury ahead of the June 29 bout. White then announced that a light heavyweight championship rematch between Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka is the new headliner.

McGregor released a statement on Instagram on Saturday confirming he had suffered an injury, although no details were given.

“Very tough to be ruled out of my scheduled return match,” McGregor said. “I suffered an injury before the press conference which required more time to heal than was available to me. The decision to postpone the fight was not made lightly, but one made in consultation with my doctors, the UFC and my team. The fans and my opponent deserve my best for this fight and we will get there!

“Thank you for the messages of support, I am in good spirits and confident that I will be back!”

McGregor has not competed since his injury-hit TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021, when he suffered a brutal broken leg. Since becoming the UFC’s first dual-division title holder with a knockout of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016, ‘The Notorious’ has competed just five times – four inside the Octagon, as well as one bout boxing with Floyd. Mayweather.

In that span, the 35-year-old has picked up just one win, a 40-second knockout of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January 2020, while suffering a pair of TKO losses to Poirier, a loss by submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov and a stoppage loss to Mayweather in his professional boxing debut.