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Dana White says Michael Chandler ‘wants to wait’ for Conor McGregor amid injury

Dana White says Michael Chandler ‘wants to wait’ for Conor McGregor amid injury

Dana White says Michael Chandler ‘wants to wait’ for Conor McGregor amid injury

Dana White wants to help Michael Chandler as possible following the postponement Conor McGregor fight at UFC 303.

Chandler and McGregor were finally set to face each other on June 29 until an injury forced the Irish superstar and former two-time champion to pull out of the fight. As for the UFC president, White said Chandler still wants to wait for McGregor whenever he can reschedule the fight this year.

However, White won’t rule out Chandler getting a different fight and opponent in the meantime, if the former Missouri All-American wants it.

“Uh Chandler, I think poor Chandler wants to wait for the man Conor McGregor,” White said at The Jim Rome Show. “Whatever he wants to do. If he wants to fight this summer, we’ll do whatever he wants. He is one of the greatest athletes I have ever worked with. He is a good human being and I like him a lot. Whatever he wants to do, we’ll figure it out for him.”

Chandler is 23-8 in his MMA career and 2-3 since joining the UFC after multiple titles in Bellator. He previously fought for the UFC Lightweight Championship against Charles Oliveira on May 15, 2021, losing by TKO.

The main event of UFC 303 will now be a light heavyweight title match between champion Alex Pereira and #1 challenger Jiří Procházka. The co-main event will be a featherweight bout between Brian Ortega and Diego Lopes.

The road to UFC 303 was full of potholes. The UFC has canceled a press conference between McGregor and Chandler in Dublin, Ireland for previously unspecified reasons. More than 10,000 fans are expected to attend.

McGregor and Chandler squared off against each other on The Ultimate Fighter last summer, and the two were finally scheduled to fight in a welterweight (170-pound) main event. Now, the UFC must find a new date.

McGregor confirmed he suffered an undisclosed injury and had to pull out of the fight against Chandler.

“Very tough to be ruled out of my scheduled return match,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “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 taken 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 your messages of support, I am in good spirits and confident that I will be back!”