USADA Confirms Conor McGregor is back in testing pool

Former two-division world champion Conor McGregor suffered from a leg injury during his last UFC bout against Dustin Poirier in April 2021. The injury resulted in an abrupt end to the bout in the first round.

Since then McGregor has been working on his recovery, aiming to make a triumphant comeback to the octagon. After nearly two years of rehabilitation, McGregor is planning to step back into the ring later this year to face off against Michael Chandler.

During McGregor’s recovery period, he made the decision to retire from the USADA testing pool.

According to the regulations, an athlete must pass random tests for a minimum of six months before gaining approval to participate in professional bouts. Many wondered how this would affect McGregor’s return to the UFC.

Recently, McGregor appeared alongside Eddie Hearn. During their conversation, McGregor shed light on his ongoing situation with the USADA. His statement indicated his determination to return to the octagon and his anticipation for his future match.

McGregor stated, “That’s done, man. By year-end, I’m back in that cage having competed. I’m gearing up, ready to go… It will be announced during TUF.”

To ensure transparency, the USADA has released public statements regarding Conor McGregor’s situation. In the past, McGregor made claims that were later disproven by the testing agency. But following McGregor’s recent update to the media, the USADA issued a statement confirming his intentions to re-enter the testing pool immediately.

According to the policy, McGregor will undergo at least six months of testing and must provide a minimum of two negative samples before being permitted to compete. This protocol ensures a level playing field for all athletes and upholds the integrity of the sport.

Fans eagerly await the premiere of TUF season 31 on May 30, where Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler will appear as rival coaches. With McGregor’s re-entry into the USADA testing pool, the highly-anticipated matchup against Chandler can be expected to take place in November or December of this year.