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Conor McGregor: UFC 303 Dublin press conference mystery

The UFC has postponed a UFC 303 news conference in Conor McGregor’s home city of Dublin which had been scheduled to feature the two-weight former champion and his opponent on June 29, Michael Chandler

The pair had been due to speak to the media at the city’s 3Arena ahead of their bout in Las Vegas, when McGregor will compete for the first time in almost two years.

“When we have further information on a new date and time, we will share it immediately,” a statement from the UFC said.

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The 35-year-old cancelled scheduled interviews on Sunday at short notice, BBC Sport said, while several outlets reported that Chandler and UFC president Dana White had not taken scheduled flights from the US to attend the event.

McGregor has not fought since suffering successive defeats to Dustin Poirier in 2021, breaking a leg in the second of those losses.

He remains the most marketable and best-known fighter in MMA and has said he hopes to fight three times before the end of 2024.

McGregor v Chandler records

Chandler is two years McGregor’s senior and has a mixed record since joining the UFC, losing three of his five bouts.

The fighter known as ‘Iron’ knocked out Dan Hooker on his promotion debut in 2021 but was stopped by Charles Oliveira when he challenged for the lightweight crown.

He then lost a thriller by decision against Justin Gaethje and knocked out Tony Ferguson in impressive style at UFC 274.

The American has not fought since suffering a submission loss to Poirier at UFC 281 in November 2022.

McGregor and Chandler have been on a collision course because of their positions as rival coaches on the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter reality TV series.

After his fighters fell 6-0 behind in bouts against Chandler’s team, McGregor hurled insults at Chandler in an altercation which became physical before White stepped in.

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