UFC 303 Dublin Press Conference Postponed, No Reason Given

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Mayweather-McGregor International Press Tour, Toronto, Budweiser Stage. Credit: Mike McClory/Cageside Press

Today’s expected UFC 303 Press Conference in Dublin, Ireland has been postponed, per a statement by the promotion.

The cancellation arrived just half a day or so out from what would have been the first big promotional push for the International Fight Week card headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler, in what is expected to be McGregor’s return fight after breaking his leg opposite Dustin Poirier in 2021.

“Dear UFC Fans– The #UFC303 press conference scheduled for Monday June 3rd in Dublin, Ireland at 3Arena has been postponed until further notice,” promotion officials wrote in an announcement ahead of the presser, open to the public via free tickets which had been scooped up almost immediately. “We sincerely apologize to all the fans who were planning to attend. When we have further information on a new date and time, we will share it immediately. – Thank you.”

While the fact that the press event is postponed, not cancelled outright, might offer a glimmer of hope, the lack of an explanation around the news has led to much speculation on the status of the fight and star Conor McGregor. UFC 303 has already secured a record gate for the company, which could be in jeopardy should the Irish star withdraw from the fight. In recent weeks, McGregor has been seen partying in public, leading to some question of how fight-ready he would be upon his return later this month.

UFC President and CEO Dana White, however, downplayed those concerns at Saturday’s UFC 302 post-fight press conference.