Dustin Poirier calls for end of USADA in UFC if McGregor lands exemption

Former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier has recently raised a concern, advocating for the abolishment of the United States Anti-Doping Agency. This appeal comes in response to circulating rumors hinting at a possible exemption being extended to Conor McGregor, who is the former two-weight champion and Poirier’s three-time adversary.

As of late, Poirier currently holds the third rank in the lightweight contenders’ division in the UFC. He recently graced the main event of UFC 291 held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Regrettably, he suffered a rematch defeat against Justin Gaethje, in what was symbolically dubbed as the BMF championship bout. Enduring his first knockout loss since his 2016 defeat by Michael Johnson, Poirier was stopped by a spectacular second-round high-kick knockout from Gaethje.

Meanwhile, Conor McGregor has remained absent from the Octagon ever since encountering a severe injury—a fractured left tibia and fibula. He received it during a first-round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to Poirier in July 2021.

Anticipated to lock horns with fellow contender Michael Chandler at the welterweight limit, McGregor has not yet provided any PED testing samples to USADA. This situation has led to speculations surrounding a potential exemption that could be granted by the UFC.

But from the perspective of Dustin Poirier if McGregor is granted a smooth reentry into active competition without adhering to the established rules, he believes that USADA should be abolished entirely.

Dustin Poirier said in an interview with MMA News: “I like USADA, and I do think they’re doing a good job of cleaning up on our sport. But for me, it hey waive [the six-month window] and allow him (Conor McGregor) to compete with no  testing, it kind of makes a joke of the whole thing. Just remove it completely.”

“There shouldn’t be gray areas. It’s white and black with USADA, you take tests and pass them, you’re able to compete. You don’t take tests, you won’t be able to compete.”