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June 14, 2024 4:43 pm

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June 14, 2024 4:43 pm

Aaron Bronstetter, MMA Reporter for Sportsnet joins Zach to discuss the cancellation of the Conor McGregor/Michael Chandler fight and the UFC 303 Card.

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Thanks so much. How you been? Hey, my pleasure, Zach. Yeah, things are going great. I'm sorry that I have to do this portably today, but you know, I'm a very important guy. I got lots of stuff going on around town.

No, you are a big deal. There is no doubt about that. And I'm elated that we were able to get you on the show today for a few minutes. So give me your reaction through all the ups and downs through all the skepticism and then some optimism and then pessimism. When this was announced last night by Dana White that McGregor Chandler is getting moved and we'll find out eventually when that's going to be.

What was your first thought? I thought I was only a big deal in my own mind that other people were able to confirm my my own biases. Yeah. So last night, obviously, we find out that the event is off.

You know, it had been trending that way for a couple of days leading up to yesterday. And of course, the UFC have to come up with contingencies. This wasn't an event that they could cancel its international fight week.

They've got their Hall of Fame inductions that week. They've got UFC X, which is their fan conference. Just too many things at stake for them to just outright cancel the event. I think that based on the amount of time that they had to work with, I mean, this is probably the best that they could have possibly done. Getting a guy as big as Alex Pereira on the event, I think, is just a huge coup for them.

And Yuri Prokhoshka is going to make for a great dance partner. We already saw that fight back in your neck of the woods in November at MSG. And now we get to see it again. I think that this is probably the best they could have done under those circumstances. But yeah, Conor McGregor nursing some sort of injury that's going to keep him out of action for at least a month or two until they can figure out where they're going to put him. And it seems like they might even do an entirely new event centered around Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler, a fight that everybody's been waiting for for some time. I mean, personally, if it were me, I'd put it in this Las Vegas sphere as their only time they're going to be doing an event at the sphere.

It looks like one and done. Why not have your biggest star headline that fight? And you can sink even more money into it. It seems like that's going to be a losing endeavor for them, but something that they really want to do by holding an event in the sphere. And that event would come your way on September 14th, the sphere, if they like to go that.

I was actually thinking, Aaron, and I know, hey, we had to wait long enough for this. So what else is a few more months? UFC usually comes back to Madison Square Garden in November. What about throwing that fight together at the Garden? I think that would be a home run. You know what, wherever you have this fight, it's going to be a home run. I just think that they already have plans for MSG. It seems like that's going to be Jon Jones, Tipe Mijicic. They've been talking about that all year. I don't think they could load that card up to that kind of extent, although I'm sure it would be a blessing for the folks out your way.

And hey, I'm only an hour flight from New York myself. It would certainly be great to have that fight at MSG at the Mecca. But if I had to guess, I don't think that's where it ends up. Do you actually think this fight will actually happen? Because until I see McGregor walk back into the Octagon, I just keep on thinking that this fight is just not going to happen, unfortunately. I think a lot of people are of that belief. You know, I tend to be more of an optimist than a pessimist.

I'm a glass half full guy. I think that this fight does happen in the next two or three months. I think they're going to put it back together and figure out a way to make this thing happen. Aaron Bronstetter here with us. Does a great job covering the UFC for Sportsnet. When we get to the Michael Chandler component of this, I feel so bad for the dude, because I think this is the part that gets lost. We're all focusing on when McGregor returns. Michael Chandler has been waiting and waiting and waiting and not getting any other fights or taking any other fights. Yeah, I kind of drew the parallels today on social media between the state of Alex Pereira's career and the state of Michael Chandler's career. If you look at the last time Michael Chandler fought, that was at MSG. Two fights later, Alex Pereira wins the middleweight championship, goes on to then lose the middleweight championship, moves to light heavyweight, wins the light heavyweight championship, becoming a two division champion, headlines UFC 300, now headlining International Fight Week. All of that has happened in the time since Michael Chandler last fought.

And it's not like he's been injured or anything. He's just been sitting around waiting for this Conor McGregor fight. And I think that if I was advising Michael Chandler, I'd do the same. I'd say, hey, listen, this is the fight that we got to stick around and wait for and hold our breath that it's going to take place. If it doesn't take place, we took a risk.

It's, you know, we're kind of in the late stages of our career here. But I think that Michael Chandler has a very good chance of beating Conor McGregor. And, you know, if that does happen from there, I think that there's so many more big fights ahead of him after that, even though he is in the latter stage of his career. Yeah, even when McGregor gets back to the Octagon. You know, I said this to Dana White two years ago and I was talking to him at the Super Bowl. Like, I have no expectation for him.

And I think Chandler would win that fight. And he goes, that's why you end up having the fight, because he'll have other people tell him he thinks McGregor is going to win. What can you expect whenever McGregor finally does get back to the Octagon, if maybe it is in a few months?

You know, I was just asked the same question earlier today, and I don't really know what to expect, right? Because so much has happened since he suffered that, you know, pretty much a catastrophic injury in the cage. And since then, you know, how much has he been training? He's been in movies.

He's been launching companies. I'm very curious to see, like we all are, what version of Conor McGregor we are going to see in that fight. And I think that that's what makes his return so intriguing is that we don't really know. I mean, stylistically, I think he matches up well against Michael Chandler if we're talking about the best version of those two guys. But what version of McGregor are we going to see? Because I know that Michael Chandler has been training pretty much nonstop the last year, year and a half, right, to get ready for this fight. So I think he's going to be the more prepared fighter.

But Conor McGregor does have that great equalizer in that left hand. Do we have any clarity? Do you have any insight on what the actual injury is with McGregor?

I don't. I'm not really able to share what I do know in regards to the injury. And I think that's just in fairness to Conor, his team that, you know, they they go into this fight without his opponent knowing where he might be compromised.

But this is from what you know, and I respect that answer. This is like a legitimate injury. It just wasn't because he was out of shape and then, you know, maybe tweaked something, trying to ram up for this fight a little bit later than probably normal, which is which is a thought out there.

Yeah, I'm sure again, there's some speculation around that and that it's hard to know. It's hard to know why he got injured or how he got injured. Injuries happen all the time in MMA, right? Like people can tear the RCL sparring with somebody. You know, Jamal Hill just had to pull out of an injury, you know, out of the same fight card with an injury.

Who knows how he sustained it. Unless you're in the room, it's really hard to know unless you're getting really good insight from someone in that camp exactly why it happened or how it happened. But I don't really have any insight on whether or not that's the reason that it happened.

And it would be hard to know either way. The body works the way the body works. Wrapping up with Aaron Bronstetter, who joins us right now. There's a great job covering UFC MMA for Sportsnet. So all these alterations to the UFC 303 card. I think the UFC always is a great job with crisis management.

Unfortunately, we have seen a lot of that throughout the year just with the nature of the beast. What's your impressions now of this card, even though you have McGregor and Chandler out? Yeah, I mean, I think really kind of almost the best case scenario played out.

To put this kind of a card together in 10 days is not easy. I think that that new headliner between Alex Pereira and Yuri Prokojis is going to be fireworks, just like the last fight was. I think it's a good matchup.

And I think that the Diego Lopez versus Bayern Ortega co-main event is a great co-main event. But the thing that we need to always be cognizant of in these situations is that you're getting a diminished product, so to speak. You're getting guys that are fighting with not as much training as they should be getting going into a fight. But at least in this situation, you're getting both fighters under those circumstances, right? It's not somebody coming in late notice to face somebody who's at a full training camp.

So you're going to get them kind of almost at even strength for that reason, which is what makes it kind of interesting. But I'm just hoping that the quality of fight doesn't diminish. I mean, I think one example of this was when Alexander Volkanovski stepped into base Islam Makhachev the second time around and got finished in the first round, because he just he was coming off the couch. And that could happen. But I think in this circumstance, with both fighters essentially coming off the couch, that perhaps you get a little bit more of a level playing field than something like that, for example.

And I know you got to run. Last thing I'll ask you, were we ever close to actually getting this fight on June 29th with McGregor and Chandler? Because I know there's been a lot of up and down and speculation since that press conference was canceled. And obviously yesterday we found out that the fight wasn't going to happen. Yeah, you know, the UFC were promoting it like crazy last weekend during their event, and I think that they would probably not do that if they didn't at least have some hope that it was still going to happen and they can keep it together. So, yeah, I mean, the fight card almost happened, right?

You got injured. So now it's not happening, right? I think at some point in time was pretty much a done deal.

Of course, it's signed. You got posters, you got promos. I don't think that the UFC would be doing all of that if they thought that the fight was going to fall through. But, hey, these things happen in mixed martial arts. And the problem with these fights that they build with Conor McGregor is they're not usually that loaded because you rely so much on Conor being that draw that the rest of the card doesn't end up being kind of on par with a fight like that. Usually when you have a championship fight at the top of international fight week cards, you'll have a second championship fight in the co-main event and you'll have kind of more of a stacked main card. With Conor events, historically, they haven't really done that. So I think that at least, you know, at least in his recent fight, the ones against Poirier, they weren't the most stacked cards. It was just you had your big attraction at the top, almost like a boxing style card.

And I think that they had to overcome that hurdle when they were putting this fight back together. He's Aaron Brown. Said he does a great job covering MMA for Sportsnet and he is a big deal. Aaron, appreciate the time. Thanks so much for joining us. I appreciate your insight on who and who is not a big deal. So thank you, Zach, for having me. Trust me. If you weren't a big deal, I would tell you weren't a big deal, but I've been blown away by some of your interactions in these press conferences.

So I take notice even being a casual UFC guy. Thank you, Zach. I appreciate you. Start your summer road trip at Midas and get up to $30 off your next repair service. Plus, get a free Closer Look vehicle check to make sure your road trip ready. So if you need a brake service and alignment check or tune up, hit up Midas for up to $30 off.

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