Dana White has not been happy with USADA’s statement in the aftermath of their decision to cut ties with the UFC.
Travis Tygart, the CEO of USADA, confirmed that the company would not be the UFC’s drug-testing agency in 2024. This came shortly after USADA announced Conor McGregor’s return to the testing pool. But before the Irishman can return, the MMA fighter must provide two negative samples across a six-month period. However, this may have been an issue, as Tygart’s following comments suggested.
“The relationship between USADA and UFC became untenable given the statements made by UFC leaders and others questioning USADA’s principled stance that McGregor not be allowed to fight without being in the testing pool for at least six months,” USADA said
Tygart’s response was met with criticism from White, as it implied that the UFC were hindering the organization’s goals. In addition, the manner in which it was released so publicly did not resonate well with White. In response, the UFC CEO allayed any worries over drug testing by outlining his plans to find another organization.
"That wasn't an announcement yesterday it was a dirty move by USADA..
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“It was a dirty move by them. There was no announcement yesterday. That was straight s******-ism what happened yesterday. So that will all be addressed today, not by me. I’ll let Novitzky and our lawyer Hunter Campbell handle that. We would still pay an independent company. It’s the best way to do it.
“We have a standard that we set here, but a lot of people are not happy with USADA. Our deal is up at the end of the year and we’re working on going in a different direction, especially after the dirty ****bag move that they pulled yesterday. That will be addressed later,” White