Conor McGregor suffered a broken toe before the Chandler fight

Conor McGregor said a broken toe was the reason he had to withdraw from his UFC comeback fight against Michael Chandler in Las Vegas.

McGregor, 35, was scheduled to fight Chandler in a welterweight bout at UFC 303 on June 29 for the first time since breaking his leg in July 2021.

The former two-weight champion confirmed that he sustained the injury in the days leading up to the cancellation of a planned media event.

McGregor said on Instagram on Friday that the setback was “absolutely heartbreaking,” but added that he would only need “a couple of weeks” to recover.

“We had a lack of concentration and went into a training session without wearing full protective gear and I stubbed my toe on my elbow and broke it cleanly,” the Irishman explained.

“I couldn’t justify to my team and my fans that I would obstruct the walk again. This next walk has to and will be 100 percent Conor McGregor. The fans deserve it and we’re close.”

“I’m going to get it back. I have to. I have two fights left on my contract.”

McGregor is currently in talks with the UFC about a contract extension as his current deal enters its final stages.

The former featherweight champion has an overall MMA record of 22 wins and six losses.

But since 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to become UFC champion in two weight classes, he has only fought four times.

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