Officials from the USADA confirmed to various news sources on Friday that McGregor is anticipated to rejoin the UFC’s anti-doping program for drug testing prior to his next fight. The declaration came after McGregor responded “that’s done” when asked if he would return to the testing pool.
Fighters who retire or withdraw themselves from the testing pool must submit to a drug test after six months in order to be eligible to compete once more under the terms of the UFC’s anti-doping policy.
“We have recently been in direct contact with Conor McGregor, and as he confirmed today in the media, we expect to receive his paperwork coming out of retirement and re-entering the USADA testing pool immediately,” a USADA official wrote in the statement. “Like other athletes who come out of retirement, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, McGregor will be subject to testing for at least six months and must provide at least two negative samples before being permitted to compete.
“The purpose of this rule is to ensure that all athletes who are not subject to a period of testing are adequately tested over a reasonable period of time before competing to ensure a level playing field for all athletes.”
Although no specific date has been confirmed, McGregor is anticipated to face fellow Ultimate Fighter 31 coach Michael Chandler later this year. If McGregor submits negative test results and returns to the UFC’s anti-doping program on schedule, he should be qualified to participate in either November or December.
McGregor withdrew from the USADA drug testing pool after suffering a catastrophic broken leg during his previous fight with Dustin Poirier in 2021. The terminology used by USADA in the statement is consistent with the fact that athletes under contract to the UFC are typically only permitted to leave the testing pool upon retirement.
Since his injuries, McGregor has been eager about returning to the ring, but his road to recovery has been difficult. In the end, he agreed to go on TUF 31 with Chandler as his fellow coach in anticipation of a bout that is anticipated to happen at either middleweight or welterweight.
McGregor’s decision to re-join the UFC’s anti-doping program has certainly removed a significant roadblock in the way of his ability to compete again.
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