UFC 303 Preview

UFC 303 Preview

June 27, 2024|

The return of Conor McGregor after three long years away was gaining traction to be one of the most successful events in the UFC's history. Unfortunately, what we got was a week of chaos, pandemonium, and uncertainty.

To quickly recap what occurred over the last few weeks, Conor McGregor was forced to pull out of his UFC 303 main event against Michael Chandler, after he suffered a broken toe during preparation. A press conference, that was scheduled to take place in Dublin, Ireland to promote the event, was suddenly canceled, leading to fans and media scrambling to figure out why. In addition to the main event's cancellation, the co-main event between Jamahal Hill and Khalil Rountree was also canceled weeks before that. We saw Carlos Ulberg step up to replace Rountree, Anthony Smith to replace Hill, and then Roman Dolidze to replace Ulberg. The UFC also added a new co-main event between top fifteen featherweights Brian Ortega and Diego Lopes to bolster the card. The new main event, put together last minute by UFC brass, was a rematch between Alex Pereria and Jiri Prochazka.

Despite everything that occurred over the last few weeks, we can always count on Dana White, Hunter Campbell, and the rest of the UFC to put together a must-see card. Let's go over this new slate of fights, with a highly anticipated rematch at the top of the slate.

Alex Pereira vs Jiri Prochazka II

First off, we have to give credit to Alex Pereira and Jiri Prochazka for taking this fight on less than two weeks' notice. So much at stake for both men, Pereira with lingering injuries dating back to his last fight at UFC 300, and a tough weight cut ahead of him, with Jiri coming in on very short notice to fight Pereira for possibly the last time if he loses, revoking his chances of earning the Light Heavyweight title once again. Despite that, this is a fight UFC fans have longed to see since they first met in New York City last year. Pereira is entering UFC superstardom, and he can achieve that with a win over Jiri. There was a lot of controversy surrounding their last meeting, in which a lot of people thought the fight ended prematurely. We hope to get a solidified conclusion to this rivalry, or a need for a third fight.


Brian Ortega vs Diego Lopes

Another fight that was put together at the last minute, features former title challenger Brian Ortega fighting one of the hottest names in the sport, Diego Lopes. Lopes gets a massive fight on a massive stage, and we will see if he can live up to expectations and defeat who is a seasoned and dangerous fighter in Brian Ortega. Both are coming off of big wins and while Ortega has plans for a future move to 155, both are looking for another win to potentially get a big fight next.

Anthony Smith vs Roman Dolidze

This fight in particular underwent multiple changes, so shoutout to Anthony Smith and Roman Dolidze stepping up to add another great fight to the card. This fight will be contested at light heavyweight as well. Dolidze is looking to bounce back after a second straight loss to Nassourdine Imavov. He'll get matched up against Anthony Smith, who recently scored a wild upset win over Vitor Petrino at UFC 301 in Brazil. If all goes well, Dolidze could elect to stay at light heavyweight with a win over Smith, while on the other hand, if Smith earns his second win in a row, he'll have done so for the first time since 2021.


Mayra Bueno Silva vs Macy Chiasson

Mayra Bueno Silva's first UFC title opportunity didn't go her way, but she is looking to immediately get back into the title picture with a rebound win over Macy Chiasson. Chiasson is someone who has spent a long time in the Bantamweight top ten, and she has an opportunity to steal that spotlight and overtake Bueno Silva in the ongoing title talks. Current champion Raquel Pennington is unbooked, and while Julianna Pena or Kayla Harrison will get that opportunity, either MBS or Chiasson have the chance to earn a number one contender fight with a dominant performance.

Ian Garry vs Michael "Venom" Page

The main card opener is circled on a lot of fans' lists, as this one is going to be fun. Ian Garry is one of the most polarizing prospects in the UFC, and whether you love him or hate him, almost everyone can agree that he can fight. He faces his toughest test to date, the Bellator turned UFC veteran Michael "Venom" Page. These two do not like each other, and we have seen plenty of back and forth over the last few weeks. With that, these are two very different, but elite Welterweight strikers, and we shall see if Garry will be able to stay undefeated against MVP.

Which fight are you most looking forward to this weekend? Let us know in the comments!

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