Conor McGregor Releases Statement Following Press Event Cancelation, Ariel Helwani Sheds Additional Light on the Situation

McGregor claimed in a post on X that the cancelation was due to "obstacles" outside of his or the UFC's control

Conor McGregor
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Conor McGregor has released his first statement since the sudden cancelation of a press event he was scheduled to appear at on Monday.

Hours before McGregor and his UFC 303 opponent, Michael Chandler, were set to face off inside Dublin’s 3Arena, the promotion announced that the conference had been “postponed until further notice.” With no explanation, rumors began running rampant that the Irishman’s late nights or issues with drugs and/or alcohol could have been a factor.

Attempting to quell some of the concern, McGregor took to social media and insisted that the postponement was due to a “series of obstacles outside of our control.”

“In consultation with the UFC, todays press conference was cancelled due to a series of obstacles outside of our control,” McGregor wrote on X. “I apologize to my Irish fans, and fans around the world, for the inconvenience and appreciate all your passion and support. I can’t wait to put on the greatest all-time show in the Octagon.”

Ariel Helwani Offers Some Insight into Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler Press Conference Cancelation

During Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Ariel Helwani offered a bit more insight into the situation, confirming that the cancelation was not due to one of the many rumors being passed around by fight fans. 

“I can tell you right now with 100% certainty that nothing in regards to legal issues, an incident of any kind, drama of any kind, criminal thing of any kind, fight of any kind, alcohol and this and that,” Helwani said. “None of that is at play here. There is no salacious story. There is no great drama. Nothing’s going to come out. There’s no egg on anyone’s face. Nothing of that sort, in regards to out-of-athletic activities.

“I can also tell you there’s nothing regarding any sort of drug testing or anti-doping. Nothing like that. The press conference was postponed today due to an issue that has precluded it from happening so the questions now are A) Are they doing to pick a new day and B) will this affect June 29?”

Helwani added that “as of right now,” McGregor’s clash with Chandler on June 29 is still on the docket. 

“As of right this second, June 29 is still on, but let’s see what happens,” Helwani added. “It’s still 26 days away and it’s all kind of developing as we speak, but as of right now [the fight] is still on and hopefully, we get more information.”

Watch the full episode of The MMA Hour below:

Published on June 3, 2024 at 9:26 pm
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