Conor McGregor Tops UFC Drug Testing Charts Amid Return Tease

Photo: Instagram/Conor McGregor 

Conor McGregor, the Irish MMA sensation, has emerged as the most rigorously drug-tested fighter in the UFC this year, with five tests conducted since January 1. 

No other fighter has undergone as many tests as the former UFC champion, highlighting the stringent measures of the organization's new anti-doping regime.

Despite McGregor's hiatus from the octagon since 2021, his return has been a subject of much anticipation and speculation. The 35-year-old has been vocal about his desire to step back into the ring this summer, teasing fans with the prospect of a comeback bout, reportedly against American fighter Michael Chandler.

Photo: Instagram/Conor McGregor 

McGregor's recent activities have included promoting his acting debut in the film "Road House," during which he has used his platform to urge the UFC to officially announce his return and confirm a fight date.

However, McGregor's journey back to competition hasn't been without controversy. Following his defeat by Dustin Poirier in 2021, McGregor temporarily removed himself from the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (Usada) testing pool. Although he later re-entered the anti-doping program, the move raised eyebrows within the MMA community.

In a significant shift, the UFC has terminated its partnership with Usada and joined forces with Drug Free Sport International for its anti-doping efforts. This move marks a new era in the organization's commitment to clean competition.

The transition hasn't been without consequences, as highlighted by heavyweight Walt Harris' recent suspension. Harris, a fighter from the USA, received a 48-month ban from Combat Sports Anti-Doping (CSAD) for two separate anti-doping violations dating back to July and August of last year.

As McGregor's return looms on the horizon, the focus remains on his preparation, potential opponents, and the continued efforts to uphold integrity within the sport through rigorous anti-doping measures.

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Source: BBC Sports 


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