On the night of June 29-30 in Las Vegas (USA), the fantastic UFC 303 tournament will take place. The main event of the evening is expected to feature Conor McGregor against Michael Chandler. All mixed martial arts fans eagerly await the Irishman’s return to the octagon. But even more, anticipation surrounds what will happen if McGregor wins. A victory could pave the way for a bout against Makhachev. You can place bets on UFC 303 and other sports events at the Mosbet bookmaker.

Ali Abdel-Aziz Assesses the Likelihood of a Conor McGregor vs. Islam Makhachev Fight

„If Conor knocks out Michael Chandler in the first round, he will immediately become one of the top contenders for the title – whether you like it or not.

If McGregor wants a title fight, Islam will not refuse him. There’s a lot of money at stake. Fighters risk their reputation and fight for their legacy, but if they aren’t paid well, the fight won’t happen,” said Makhachev’s manager, Ali Abdel-Aziz.

But There’s a Problem: McGregor Might Not Return to the Octagon

Michael Chandler has been waiting for more than a year for his fight with the Irishman, but the bout has yet to materialize. A month and a half ago, the UFC announced the official date for McGregor’s return: June 30, 2024, at UFC 303. However, in recent days, strange developments have surrounded the return of the most popular MMA fighter in history, and right now, the chances of seeing Conor compete in the octagon at the end of this month seem slim.

It all started with a canceled press conference on June 3. McGregor and Chandler were supposed to be the stars of the first official event dedicated to UFC 303. The meeting was scheduled to take place in Dublin, but a day before it, news of the cancellation broke.

„Dear UFC fans! The UFC 303 press conference scheduled for Monday, June 3, in Dublin has been postponed until further notice. We sincerely apologize to all fans who planned to attend this event. As soon as we have additional information about the new date and time, we will share it immediately. Thank you,” the UFC announced.

The league did not provide any clear explanations for the cancellation, but rumors about a McGregor injury began circulating on social media. It’s worth noting that McGregor previously did not postpone fights due to injuries – but that was the old Conor. In recent years, the Irishman’s approach to his fighting career has changed. He hasn’t been seen in the octagon for three years, and during this time, McGregor has somewhat distanced himself from the UFC. Conor appears to be active in his business ventures, has starred in a major Hollywood film, and, according to his social media, hasn’t abandoned his partying lifestyle.

Rumors suggest that the league’s management is tired of waiting for the Irishman, and few believe in the star’s great comeback. There’s even a possibility that McGregor might be removed from the UFC roster entirely. Just a couple of years ago, such a scenario seemed unimaginable, but now it truly seems possible.

Makhachev is Ready!

If the Notorious does make it to the octagon and wins, the most logical opponent for him would be Islam Makhachev. Of course, after a 3-year hiatus (and at nearly 36 years old), McGregor would certainly be the underdog against Makhachev, who is at the peak of his form. However, in terms of media coverage and financial prospects, this fight would be interesting for everyone: both fighters and the UFC.

Makhachev prefers a fight with Conor over Tsarukyan: „It’s more interesting in terms of media.” „To be honest, I would choose McGregor. In terms of media and in every sense, Conor would be more interesting. But I don’t even think his next fight will happen; we’ve all seen it, they even canceled the press conference. But even if the fight does happen, Chandler will win—he’s training and more focused,” said UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.

Others also dream of a Makhachev-McGregor bout. Javier Mendez wants it to happen.

„Conor talks a lot and often gossips about Islam. There are benefits to this because people either love or hate Conor. Either way, everyone wants to see a fight with him.

I would like to see Islam beat him. For Khabib [Nurmagomedov] and me, there’s no better fight,” stated Javier Mendez.

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