Conor McGregor's return set against Michael Sandler at UFC 303

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor's comeback fight is now official.

UFC CEO Dana White announced Saturday night that McGregor will fight Michael Chandler — a long-scheduled match-up — in the main event of UFC 303 on June 29 in Las Vegas. The card will highlight the UFC's annual International Fight Week.

McGregor had said he would fight Chandler on January 1st, but it was not officially announced until White's announcement. White said the fight will take place at 170 pounds.

McGregor, the biggest star in UFC history, has not fought since July 2021 after breaking his left leg in a fight with Dustin Poirier. McGregor and Sandler trained against each other on “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2023, with plans for the two to fight at the end of the reality show.

McGregor (22-6) has just one UFC win since 2016 and has fought just four times since then, not including a blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in 2017. The latter via TKO due to a broken leg. McGregor, 35, is the first UFC fighter to hold two divisional titles simultaneously, winning the lightweight belt in 2016 while already holding the featherweight championship.

Chandler (23-8) hasn't fought since a submission loss to Poirier at UFC 281 in November 2022. The Missouri fighter, who trains out of Florida, is one of the greatest fighters in Bellator history, a three-time lightweight champion. promotion, and signed with the UFC as a free agent in 2020. Chandler, 37, has only lost to the UFC's top fighters, including former champion Charles Oliveira and Justin Caethje.

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