Conor McGregor fires back at USADA after they deny his claims of a late summer return

Conor McGregor’s highly anticipated return to the Octagon has been thrown into uncertainty following a dispute with the USADA.

McGregor had hoped that two clean tests would suffice to allow him to return to the UFC, but USADA’s regulations state that athletes must be in the testing pool for at least six months before being permitted to compete. McGregor removed himself from the testing pool after sustaining a broken leg in his loss to Dustin Poirier in July 2021.

In a statement, USADA said that while they are in contact with McGregor, they do not have a meeting scheduled, nor have they received notice of his intention to return to competition. They also reiterated that the six-month testing requirement must be met before an athlete can compete.

McGregor, who had been slated to face Michael Chandler, expressed frustration with the situation on social media, suggesting that USADA was making him out to be a liar. He also stated that he would not allow the organization to scapegoat him.

He wrote: “USADA is going in the bin.”

And even penned a song.

Given that McGregor’s return is closely tied to the upcoming season of TUF, it remains to be seen how the UFC will handle the situation.