USADA Disputes Conor McGregor's Claim of Only Needing Two Clean Tests For UFC Return

Photo: Instagram/Conor McGregor 

Conor McGregor's claim that he only needs to pass two clean drug tests to return to the UFC has been disputed by the UFC's drug testing partner, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

McGregor has been out of the testing pool while recovering from a broken leg he sustained in a loss to Dustin Poirier in July 2021.

According to McGregor, the two clean tests are all he needs to be cleared for a return to the UFC.

Photo: Instagram/Conor McGregor 

However, USADA has a different set of guidelines that includes being back in the testing pool for six months before returning to competition.

USADA issued a statement disputing McGregor's claims that a meeting had been set up for his return to competition, stating that they have not received notice of his return.

They emphasized that the rules require athletes to make themselves available for testing six months before returning to competition, in addition to passing two negative tests.

This rule is in place to ensure that athletes do not use retirement status to gain an unfair advantage by using prohibited substances during the retirement period.

McGregor's comeback will coincide with Season 31 of "The Ultimate Fighter," which he has been filming in Las Vegas opposite Michael Chandler.

If he entered the testing pool this week, he would hit his six-month mark in mid-September, after the broadcast run of "TUF 31" on ESPN.

McGregor had removed himself from the testing pool at some point after his injury, but tweeted last fall that he would be ready to re-enter the program in February.

Several prominent UFC fighters, including Anthony Smith, have accused McGregor of using performance-enhancing drugs during his recovery, raising questions about why McGregor was allowed to remove himself from the USADA program in the first place.

McGregor has denied any wrongdoing and emphasized that he has never tested positive in over 70 clean tests under the USADA program.

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Source: MMA Junkie


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