Conor McGregor’s UFC return seems to be getting canceled: ‘Only a formality at this level’

Conor McGregor’s UFC return seems to be getting canceled: ‘Only a formality at this level’

Conor McGregor return to the UFC octagon will probably have to attend. 

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani reported that the struggle between McGregor and Michael Chandler at UFC 303 being known as off can be “a formality at this level.”

“It’s not 100% off however I’d be extraordinarily shocked at this level if it stays and they’re actively negotiating with a number of camps to discover a substitute,” Helwani posted on X. “It’s all up within the air nonetheless however they’re continuing presently like they want a substitute.”

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Conor McGregor at ringside previous to the heavyweight struggle between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou at Boulevard Corridor on Oct. 28, 2023, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Justin Setterfield/Getty Photographs)

The problem is the 35-year-old McGregor, who hinted at a attainable harm on his Instagram Story on Wednesday night time. 

The Story was an previous clip the place he was discussing accidents in UFC, which included sad-face and praying palms emojis. 

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Rumors had been additionally circulating after the cancellation of a Dublin press convention on June 3, which the UFC gave no purpose to simply hours earlier than it was imagined to occur. 

It’s unclear when McGregor might have suffered an harm, as he was not too long ago seen dancing along with his fiancée in Eire and he appeared wholesome on the time. 

Conor McGregor before the Poirier fight

Conor McGregor prepares to struggle Dustin Poirier throughout the UFC 264 occasion at T-Cell Area on July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

McGregor’s return to the Octagon is one thing the UFC world has been ready for, as he was final seen in July 2021 combating Dustin Poirier. He broke his shin throughout the struggle, and he hasn’t returned in three years. 

Whether or not UFC CEO Dana White can discover a principal occasion substitute, if McGregor formally can’t go, is up within the air. Some have talked about Max Holloway, however he’s been in Japan, in keeping with his social media. 

It’s a fast turnaround – UFC 303 is in two weeks – so discovering a substitute goes to be powerful. Plus, McGregor’s return was the big pull for this card, so there gained’t be the identical draw if a substitute is discovered. 

Conor McGregor claps

Conor McGregor poses contained in the ring on the O2 Area, London, on Aug. 12, 2023. (Nick Potts/PA Photographs through Getty Photographs)

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McGregor, regardless of all his enterprise ventures exterior the octagon, nonetheless needs to struggle. But it surely doesn’t seem like the hiatus is ending quickly.  

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