After the organization updated its public records, Conor McGregor has officially provided his first sample to USADA.
Following McGregor’s loss to Dustin Poirier in 2021 at UFC 264, the ‘Notorious’ had been out of the octagon since then after suffering a broken leg in the defeat. Thereafter, the Irishman had been linked with a return to face Michael Chandler in 2023. The USADA rules, however, require that fighters provide two negative samples over a six-month period before they can compete.
The timeline, therefore, ruled out a McGregor return in 2023. However, around the same time that USADA had confirmed they would be parting ways from the UFC as its drug-testing organization, McGregor’s USADA return had been mentioned. But now the re-entry into the testing pool has been made official. According to MMA reporter Aaron Bronster, McGregor has already been tested, with the following tweet below confirming that the Irishman had submitted three samples to USADA in one session.
USADA has updated their athlete test results and it shows that Conor McGregor has submitted his first samples in over two years.
USADA sent out a release a few weeks ago confirming that McGregor had re-enrolled in the UFC's anti-doping program. pic.twitter.com/BymPg9119n
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) October 26, 2023
Now that McGregor is back in the testing pool, the MMA fighter will be looking to stop his poor run of form. Three defeats in his last four fights are a far cry from a fighter who is a two-division champion. So, moving forward, McGregor has plenty to prove.
Where’s everyone now that said he would never come back lol
— Paul VS (@paulspad24) October 26, 2023
I wont believe that he's back until he meets his opponent in the center of the octagon to touch gloves
— JDog (@wettestfacial) October 27, 2023
I can't fault USADA. They held Conor to the same standard as other UFC athletes. When the UFC was willing to cut corners to try to book their golden boy, USADA didn't wanna look the other way. If they were hired to help make the sport clean and more safe, they did the right thing
— Mully (@mulosoraptor23) October 19, 2023