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Chael Sonnen Foresees Major UFC 303 Shakeup if Conor McGregor Fight Falls Through

Kishore R

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MMA awaits the return of Conor McGregor as he faces Michael Chandler after a three-year hiatus at UFC 303. But the fandom is equally anxious after rumors of fight cancellation started popping in the corner. And now, Chael Sonnen foresees major changes if ‘The Notorious’ doesn’t show up.

While neither the UFC nor the fighters themselves haven’t yet given anything credible to substantiate this rumor, UFC  veteran Chael Sonnen believes that the promotion will have to go on damage control if the McGregor vs Chandler bout gets shelved.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani, Sonnen weighed in his thoughts, mentioning the consequences of such a fallout.

“Red Panty Night is real. There’s only one Conor McGregor… And if you were to replace him and keep the card intact, (it) simply means you keep Chandler in the main event. The only one you could do would be Max Holloway, 155 for the BMF belt “

However, Sonnen also believes that since the Holloway fight would be the only fight you could book, the UFC might end up pulling Chandler from the event completely.

The fact remains that the biggest draws for the company are still fights with McGregor at the helm, raking in millions. Furthermore, the former fighter also admitted that the ‘Mystic Mac’ was simply irreplaceable and implied that any attempt to do so would be hafhazard.

Chael Sonnen why UFC might just pull Chandler off UFC 303

At present there’s only one superstar that can break McGregor’s PPV records and that is the Irishman himself. Nobody in the company has the ability to captivate the community and bring in the fans as McGregor does.

Now, given Holloway’s KO of Justin Gaethje and Chandler’s penchant for running into punches, a fight between the two hard-hitting dogs would be a spectacle for sure. But will it have the same effect as a McGregor return? Will it have the same numbers? Unlikely.

As good as Holloway is, he simply doesn’t have the global appeal that has made McGregor a larger-than-life character.

Meanwhile, Sonnen also suggested that a slugfest between Ilia Topuria and Holloway or even maybe a bout between Dricus du Plessis and Israel Adesanya would be a spectacle but neither Izzy nor DDP are yet to confirm anything yet.

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Kishore R

Kishore R


Kishore is a UFC writer at The SportsRush. It was a YouTube video of 1989’s Fight of the Year bout between Roberto Duran and Iran Barkley that got him hooked on the thrill of the gladiator sport. Later that insatiable thirst and yearning for controlled violence got him to the defunct PRIDE FC, which was the king of MMA promotions till the Ultimate Fighting Championship broke into the scene. Along with his undying passion for the sport and his experience as a writer, penning more than a thousand articles, Kishore is amalgamating his technical understanding of the sport with his stellar storytelling prowess. From Fedor’s unrivaled reign to the newest crowning of Alex Pereira, he has been religiously following the sport and wishes to see Tony Ferguson bounce back and showcase his old swagger - “IT’S TONY TIME!”

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