UFC 303 press conference postponed ahead of Conor McGregor vs Michael Chandler

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The UFC has taken the unprecedented step of canceling the UFC 303 press conference less than 12 hours before it was due to begin.

The event, scheduled to take place in Dublin, Ireland, was cancelled without a new date being announced in a post that caused an uproar on social media.

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Although there was no charge for admission to the press conference, it was a ticketed event and all allocated tickets were sold out within minutes of their public release.

Fans streamed through the gates to catch a glimpse of Conor McGregor ahead of his return fight against Michael Chandler.

“Dear UFC fans, the #UFC303 press conference scheduled for Monday, June 3rd in Dublin, Ireland at the 3Arena has been postponed until further notice,” the UFC posted on X.

“We sincerely apologize to all fans who were planning to attend. As soon as we have more information on a new date and time, we will announce it promptly. – Thank you.”

UFC 303 is scheduled to take place on June 29th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Speculation about the cancellation quickly circulated on social media, with many pointing the finger at McGregor.

The former two-division UFC champion was spotted celebrating just weeks before his return to the Octagon.

The Irishman shared footage of himself dancing the night away at an event with his 45 million Instagram followers.

In one of the clips, he could be heard encouraging guests to drink a glass of his Proper Twelve whiskey.

And in another photo, the UFC icon was seen dancing in front of his glamorous Forged Irish Stout workers – and they too looked like they were enjoying the event.

The cancellation came just days after the social media footage was released and fans were quick to blame the MMA icon for the UFC’s move.

Author Nick Lombardi wrote: “This statement is unlike anything I’ve ever seen from the UFC before. I suspect there is a significant change to the card, particularly the McGregor vs. Chandler fight. It’s the only fight that would warrant this kind of reaction.”

One user wrote: “Jesus what did Conor McGregor do now‍️ just hours ago? A lot of Irish fans are going to wake up pretty angry because they thought they were going to witness something like this.”

A second added: “Conor is back at it.”

If everything goes as planned, McGregor’s showdown with Chandler will be his first appearance since breaking his left leg in a three-way fight with Dustin Poirier almost three years ago.

However, he stressed that he would have no qualms about throwing his once shattered shin at the forehead of his rival Ultimate Fighter 31 trainer.

In a recent interview with James Corden he said: “I am the Terminator now.

“I have a titanium rod that goes into my knee and down to the bone, right up to my ankle.

“It is unbreakable.

“I wish and will work to land that kick – with that steel bar in my leg – on an opponent and get him out of there.”

While he’s making big noises, UFC fans are now eagerly awaiting the reason for the cancellation just weeks before the main event.

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