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Conor McGregor has been forced to leave UFC 303 due to an undisclosed injury

MARK ANDERSON, Associated Press

9 minutes ago

FILE - Conor McGregor prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a UFC 264 lightweight mixed martial arts bout on July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas.  McGregor will not participate in UFC 303 on Saturday, June 29, 2024 in Las Vegas. He has indicated that he is injured.  (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

FILE – Conor McGregor prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a UFC 264 lightweight mixed martial arts bout on July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. McGregor will not participate in UFC 303 on Saturday, June 29, 2024 in Las Vegas. He has indicated that he is injured. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor, long the face of the UFC, has been injured and will be out of action at the upcoming June 29 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, which he was set to headline.

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 face sixth-ranked lightweight challenger Michael Chandler, but the first indication the fight was in trouble was when his June 3 press conference in Dublin was abruptly canceled. No explanation was immediately given.

White did not elaborate on the nature of McGregor’s injury.

The loss of McGregor, who has not competed in the Octagon for three years, is a major blow to the UFC. At 35, he’s past his prime, but remains a strong draw in gate and pay-per-view sales.

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

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