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Conor McGregor posts cryptic update amid doubts over UFC 303 main event vs Michael Chandler

Conor McGregor posts cryptic update amid doubts over UFC 303 main event vs Michael Chandler

Conor McGregor has reacted to claims that his return fight with Michael Chandler at UFC 303 could be off.

Conor McGregor has posted an extremely cryptic update amid talk that his UFC 303 main event fight with Michael Chandler could be off.

McGregor is scheduled to headline the 29 June card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas against Ultimate Fighter rival Chandler.

He has not fought for the UFC since his leg break suffered in the trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier.

But one of the most anticipated events in UFC history has been plunged into major doubt after a Monday press conference in Dublin was cancelled at incredibly short notice.

Chandler was on his way to the airport when he got news of the postponement.

Though there was no given explanation for the abrupt cancellation, McGregor did issue an apology in a statement and said there were a "series of obstacles".

And in a second post, the two-weight UFC champion appears to be trolling fans on social media by hinting at an injury.

On Instagram, he shared a snap of him smiling while lying on a medical bed.

Image: Instagram/@thenotoriousmma
Image: Instagram/@thenotoriousmma

The post has been liked over 500,000 times on Instagram and attracted plenty of comments as fans continue to speculate.

However, on Wednesday night, journalist Ariel Helwani shared a third update in which he claimed there is "great positivity" and "optimism" that the bout will still take place as planned.

He also pointed out that McGregor has never pulled out of a scheduled fight.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

Speaking on the MMA Hour, Helwani said: "I can tell you as of last night, as of today, I can tell you there is great positivity that this fight is going forward.

“If you’re asking me right now is Conor McGregor going to fight Michael Chandler on June 29 - my answer is yes.

"As of right now, yes. Do I know what happens tomorrow? No. Do I know what happens the next day? No. But as of right now, the vibes could not be anymore different than Sunday and Monday.

"The positivity could not be any greater than what I was hearing on those two days. It is so much higher now. There is great positivity and optimism that all systems are go.

“I hope that [the update] suffices, I hope that people are happy with that, if you’re worried about your flight and ticket that you’re a little bit happier now. I reiterate, a million things can happen between now and tomorrow, now and next week but everything I’m hearing is great positivity and optimism, we’ve turned a bit of a corner now. Whatever happened over the weekend happen and perhaps there will be a time where we discuss that."

The T-Mobile Arena's official X account are still advertising the event as planned online.

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Featured Image Credit: Getty & Instagram/@notoriousmma

Topics: Conor McGregor, UFC, Michael Chandler