Conor McGregor breaks ban as Michael Chandler makes accusation following UFC fight delay

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Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler had been due to fight in UFC later this month

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway


Published: 20/06/2024

- 13:52

Updated: 20/06/2024

- 14:16

The Irishman hasn't fought in the sport for three years

Conor McGregor has appeared to break his self-imposed alcohol ban just days after it was confirmed his fight with Michael Chandler had been delayed.

The Irishman hasn't fought in UFC since losing to Dustin Poirier back in 2021.


Fans had been hoping to see McGregor come back to the Octagon, with the 35-year-old still one of the biggest names in the sport.

However, he's set to tackle Chandler late in the year with injury scuppering his huge comeback.

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Conor McGregor has broken his self-imposed booze ban ahead of his UFC showdown with Michael Chandler

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McGregor, back in April, said he would be giving up alcohol.

But the Irishman has now appeared to break his self-imposed ban by sharing an image of himself partying in his pub, the Black Forge Inn.

On his Instagram account, he could be seen drinking a pint of his Forge Irish Stout, with McGregor enjoying a sip.

Another video has emerged on TikTok showing the two-year champion enjoying another pint with two punters at the establishment.

McGregor has enjoyed partying in recent years, spending his time in hotspots in Dublin, Roma, Ibiza and more.

And whether he does manage to agree a new date with Chandler remains to be seen.

The American, meanwhile, has accused McGregor of 'pulling the rug out from underneath me' after their showdown was postponed.

"I got the rug pulled out from underneath me at the last possible moment," he said.

"I just had got done with my last sparring session, Thursday morning, had been hearing rumblings since Monday, obviously, but really got the call about an hour after my last sparring session was completed. An hour after a celebration.

"Anybody who has trained for a fight or anybody who has gone through a training camp for something, you go through a really hard block and then, in order to peak, you get toward the very end, you don't go hard anymore, as to throw yourself into the fire and take the chance of injuries, over training, bumps, bruises, cuts, all those different things.

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"I had just gotten done with that. The happiest and healthiest, hardest to kill, most dangerous man I have ever been in my entire life, in that moment.

"To 30 minutes later getting a phone call that all of that was for naught."

Chandler did insist he was focused on the future, however, and vowed to do 'the work' as he looks to come out on top.

"So what do I do now?" he added. "A little bit of uncertainty in my life.

"When's this fight going to happen? What date would it be re-booked for? What venue? How bad is the injury? Reports have come out that it's not that bad, just needs a little bit of a delay. But still, no guarantees.

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"I thrive when there are no guarantees.

"Just a walk-on kid from High Ridge, Mo, who has continued to trod in a forward trajectory no matter what the opposition, no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the situation.

"It's not up to me to will outcomes into existence. It is up to me to do the work.

"We let the work talk. We do the work. And we do the work until we become undeniable.

"Don't you dare disrespect me by feeling sorry for me. Don't you dare disrespect me by having any kind of sympathy.

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Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler had been due to fight in UFC later this month

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"Be emboldened by my situation. Be emboldened by my steadfastness and my immovability, of hitching my dreams to a shooting star and continuing to move forward.

"If you've been on this journey with me for a long time, you know how I operate. You know where my mindset is, where my mental is. And it is nowhere near down in the dumps.

"I am emboldened by this test, and this test ain't done yet. And this test shall turn into part of my testimony.

"So we keep moving forward in the face of adversity, with complete disregard to previous failures, previous setbacks, previous things outside of out control, and future opposition."

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