Dana White Announces McGregor vs. Chandler; Makhachev vs. Poirier

Dana White confirmed Conor McGregor’s UFC return, as the Irishman will headline against Michael Chandler at UFC 303 on June 29 in Las Vegas in a five-round fight at 170 pounds. 

White made the announcement at UFC 300, as The Notorious will have his first fight since his UFC 264 loss to Dustin Poirier. McGregor broke his leg in that loss, raising questions over whether he would return. Chandler has yet to fight since his loss against Poirier at UFC 281 in November 2022.

McGregor vs. Chandler had been teased since their days as rival coaches on the TUF 31 series. Chandler won the team challenge, while McGregor got his own back with a victory in the coach’s challenge. Now, both men will battle it out for supremacy in the Octagon. 

Elsewhere, White announced Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier as the main event at UFC 302, which will be held on June 1 in Newark, New Jersey. Makhachev will defend his UFC Lightweight Title after knocking out Alexander Volkanovski in the first round at UFC 294 last October in his previous fight. Poirier is coming off a KO win over Benoit Saint-Denis at UFC 299.

In the co-main event, Sean Strickland will face Paulo Costa. Strickland aims to bounce back from his split decision defeat to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297, which cost him his UFC Middleweight Title. Strickland failed to secure the rematch, as Du Plessis appears focused on facing Israel Adesanya. Costa’s last fight was a loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 298, a huge blow after he had beaten Luke Rockhold at UFC 278.

Following an action-packed UFC 300, MMA fans have plenty to look forward to. 

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