No McGregor vs Chandler as Dana White announces UFC 300 main event

The Notorious will have to wait for his much-awaited comeback

By Web Desk
February 18, 2024
Conor McGregor will have to wait to make his comeback in the octagon. — UFC

UFC Boss Dana White announced the main event for UFC 300 which will take place on April 13, 2024, at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada, United States and Conor McGregor will not be a part of it.

Alex Pereira is set to defend his light-heavyweight title against former champion Jamahal Hill in the main event of UFC 300, as announced by White.

There had been much speculation surrounding the headline bout of this historic card for several months, and the matchup was finally unveiled on Saturday, February 17, during the UFC 298 post-fight press conference.

White disclosed that Pereira would defend his title against Hill, who had relinquished the belt in July due to injury, on April 13.

Hill, aged 32, secured the vacant title in January 2023, but the American didn't have the opportunity to defend the gold before vacating it. Pereira then clinched the belt in November, knocking out former champion Jiri Prochazka to become a two-weight titleholder.

The 36-year-old Brazilian had previously held the middleweight title from November 2022 until April 2023.

Additionally, at UFC 300, Justin Gaethje will defend the title against former featherweight champion Max Holloway, while strawweight champion Zhang Weili will defend her title against Yan Xiaonan.

The event, packed with intriguing matchups and high-profile names, is scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Remember, Conor McGregor was expected to take on Michael Chandler in the UFC 300 main event as the Irishman had been hyping up his comeback on social media and other events.

McGregor hasn’t competed inside the octagon since July 2021 when he broke his leg during a fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 and had to remain on the sidelines for a long time.

It is worth mentioning that Chandler and McGregor spent the better part of last year having off-field bouts with one another. The two were supposed to have a grand fight at UFC 296 but that couldn’t happen as the Notorious failed to meet UFC’s policy of six months of mandatory drug testing after which UFC boss announced Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington will headline the final UFC show of the year.