Conor McGregor Confirms December UFC Fight Against Michael Chandler Despite Drug Testing Questions

Photo: Instagram/Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has confidently declared that he will face Michael Chandler in a UFC fight scheduled for December, despite not having re-entered the USADA testing pool.

The match is set to take place at UFC 296 in Las Vegas, but concerns have arisen regarding McGregor's drug-testing status.

According to UFC regulations, fighters must undergo six months of drug testing before becoming eligible to compete, which means that McGregor would not be able to fight before the end of the year unless he receives an exemption.

Photo: Instagram/Conor McGregor

However, McGregor, in a now-deleted tweet, reassured fans that his comeback fight would not be delayed until 2024. When asked about the fight date by a fan, McGregor simply responded with "December" and even added a Santa Claus emoji.

The fighter continued his tweet spree by sharing a picture of a heated altercation with Chandler during their time on The Ultimate Fighter, and he went on to mockingly refer to Chandler as an "idiot sandwich." McGregor also offered an official prediction for the fight, stating that he planned to take Chandler to the third round and torture him.

Regarding McGregor's drug testing status, UFC President Dana White stated that the issue would be addressed once the fight against Chandler is officially announced. While it is possible for USADA to grant exemptions that allow fighters to expedite the six-month testing window, they have made it clear that McGregor's case would not qualify for any special treatment.

White explained that McGregor is currently not in the testing pool and emphasized that he preferred to focus on the present rather than speculate about hypothetical scenarios. He expressed uncertainty about the outcome of McGregor's situation, stating that he would wait to see what happens before discussing it further.

White and UFC commentator Jon Anik have already discussed the potential for McGregor's comeback fight to occur in the first quarter of 2024. If McGregor's return is indeed delayed until January, it would mark four years since his last UFC victory.

McGregor has been absent from the Octagon since suffering a gruesome leg break during his fight against Dustin Poirier in July 2021, while Chandler has not competed since being submitted by Poirier in November of the same year.

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Source: Mirror
 

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