Superstar fight added to Conor McGregor event, UFC returns to Ireland

The UFC is making sure to do everything possible ahead of this year’s International Fight Week.

MMA’s brightest star is back, and it’s Conor McGregor, who will fight in the main event of UFC 303 on June 29. He will face former Bellator champion Michael Chandler at welterweight in his first fight since he broke his leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021.

Conor McGregor’s UFC drought is finally coming to an end this summer, and what better way to celebrate than with a press conference in the Irishman’s own backyard? That’s how it is. On Friday, UFC CEO Dana White announced that the promotion would return to Dublin, Ireland, for a special press conference featuring McGregor and Chandler.

The press conference will take place at Dublin’s 3Arena on Monday 3 June at 5pm local time. Free tickets to the event will be available on Wednesday, May 29.

The last time the UFC held a press conference in Ireland was in the summer of 2017, when the UFC co-promoted McGregor’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. Before that, the promotion landed there for a stop on McGregor’s global press tour with Jose Aldo in 2015. The UFC hasn’t returned to Ireland for a real card since 2016 with UFC Fight Night: Belfast.

Nostalgia will no doubt be in the air for Irish fans as they flock around their Crumlin fighter and boo American Michael Chandler. Some of that Irish fighting energy will be needed later on the main card, as Ian Garry has fulfilled his wish to share it with his predecessor, McGregor.

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Garry will not fight Colby Covington like he wanted. Instead, the undefeated star faces Michael “Venom” Page in an intriguing welterweight showdown. Garry is ranked No. 7 in the welterweight division following decision wins over Geoff Neal and Neil Magny. “The Future” could have found himself in a title eliminator with Covington at this event, but he blames “Chaos” for not signing his side of the contract. Covington claimed that he never offered to fight Garry.

Michael “Venom” Page may be new to the UFC, but he’s not green when it comes to MMA. Page put up the most notable fight outside the octagon, going 17-2 in Bellator. Upon ending his contract with Bellator in 2023, Page took his talents to the UFC rather than tangle with the PFL, which is currently having issues with some of his new roster.

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The knockout artist debuted at UFC 299, where he went the distance with ranked contender Kevin Holland. Page outclassed Holland over three rounds and put on a stunning clinic that earned him the unanimous decision victory. We’ll see how he does against a different striker in Ian Garry, at UFC 303.

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