Is Conor McGregor still fighting Michael Chandler at UFC 303? Here’s what we know

Is Conor McGregor still fighting Michael Chandler at UFC 303? That is the question after a scheduled June 3 press conference was suddenly called off.

Both McGregor and Chandler were set to attend the press conference at 3Arena in Dublin to promote their UFC 303 main event on June 29 in Las Vegas. Officially, the UFC announced that it had “postponed” the press conference about 12 hours before it was set to begin, with uncertainty surrounding McGregor as the reason.

With the fight just a few weeks away, it remains on – but the status feels tenuous. Here’s what we know about the situation surrounding McGregor vs. Chandler.

June 3: McGregor issues statement, apologizes

Any doubt that McGregor was the reason for the press conference cancellation was erased after the former two-division UFC champion issued a statement in which he attributed the sudden turn of events to “a series of obstacles” outside his control. What that means exactly is anybody’s guess as McGregor wasn’t specific about whether the reason was related to injury, his contract or something else.

June 3: Chandler invokes MLK in cryptic message

Reports surfaced that Chandler was on his way to the airport to catch a flight for Dublin when he received a call from the UFC that the press conference was canceled.

About 30 minutes after McGregor issued his statement, we heard from Chandler, who used a motivational quote from Martin Luther King Jr. to convey his feelings on X.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr. #UFC303

Walk On.

See you at the top!

June 4: Chandler leaves training camp

In another potential bad sign about the fight not happening, Chandler revealed on Instagram that he was leaving his camp in South Florida to head back home to Tennessee.

June 5: ‘Great positivity’ McGregor vs. Chandler still happens

On Wednesday’s episode of “The MMA Hour,” host Ariel Helwani – who is close to McGregor’s camp – reported that things are trending in the right direction.

“The vibes on Sunday were quite confused. The vibes on Monday were quite pessimistic, and there was anxiety,” Helwani said. “… I can tell you as of last night and as of today – this morning, early afternoon, it’s currently 1:10 p.m. ET – I can tell you there is great positivity that this fight is going forward.”

While Helwani didn’t report a specific reason for the cancellation of the press conference, he ruled out that it was caused by “nothing illegal, nothing salacious, no PED use, no partying, none of that.”

This post will be updated as new developments unfold.

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