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Conor McGregor Out Of UFC 303 Because Of Undisclosed Injury

Jun 14, 2024, 9:48 AM

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Conor McGregor of Ireland walks in the octagon before his lightweight bought against :Dustin Poirier during UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP)Conor McGregor, long the face of the UFC, is injured and out of the upcoming pay-per-view event June 29 in Las Vegas that he was scheduled to headline.

Conor McGregor out of UFC 303

Organization President Dana White announced the change Thursday night on X, saying light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira will face top-ranked challenger Jiri Prochazka in UFC 303.

McGregor was scheduled to fight Michael Chandler, the sixth-ranked lightweight challenger, but the first indication that bout was in trouble was when his news conference June 3 in Dublin was abruptly canceled.

No immediate explanation was provided.

White didn’t elaborate on the nature of McGregor’s injury.

RELATED: Poirier Knocks Out Conor McGregor In 2nd Round At UFC 257

Losing McGregor, who hasn’t competed inside the octagon in three years, is quite a blow to the UFC. At 35, he is past his prime, but remains a strong attraction for gate and pay-per-view sales.

The UFC is at a crossroads, with stars such as McGregor, Jon Jones and Amanda Nunes either near the end of their careers or having already retired. There is a group of younger fighters still building their fan bases that the UFC is counting on to lead the next generation.

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Conor McGregor Out Of UFC 303 Because Of Undisclosed Injury