Report: UFC 303 Main Event Cancelled, New Match Set

UFC 303 Update: McGregor Side-lined Due to Injury, Pereira Takes Centre Stage

In a twist that has sent ripples through the UFC community, the marquee UFC 303 clash featuring Conor McGregor against Michael Chandler is off. The cancellation follows days of speculation, fuelled by the sudden cancellation of a key press event last week, which cast doubts over the bout’s viability.

Confirmed: McGregor’s Injury Forces Match Cancellation

UFC President Dana White confirmed late Thursday that an injury to McGregor necessitated the shelving of this much-anticipated return. “This fight was set to mark McGregor’s comeback since his last appearance in 2021, but fans will now have to wait a bit longer for his return,” White explained.

New Headliners: Pereira vs. Procházka

With McGregor out, the spotlight now shifts to Alex Pereira and Jiří Procházka, who are set to contend for the light heavyweight title in the new main event. The reshuffle also sees a new co-main event with former featherweight champ Brian Ortega squaring off against the promising Diego Lopes, stepping in due to another unforeseen injury to Jamahal Hill.

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Recovery and Rescheduling: Hope for McGregor Fans

While the details of McGregor’s injury remain under wraps, there is optimism about his recovery. “He is expected to return in two months,” hinted White, suggesting a potential McGregor-Chandler matchup later in the year. However, this is contingent upon McGregor’s rehabilitation progress, with hopes pinned on an August or September slot.

Despite the upheaval, UFC 303 promises to deliver thrilling confrontations, with Pereira defending his title following a spectacular TKO victory over Procházka last November. The event retains its allure, promising an evening of high-stakes and high-action encounters.

This abrupt turn of events at UFC 303 underscores the unpredictability and raw excitement of mixed martial arts, keeping fans on the edge of their seats as the saga unfolds.

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