UFC to exempt Conor McGregor from regular drug tests

UFC to exempt Conor McGregor from regular drug tests

Former dual UFC champion Conor McGregor, who never returned to the USADA testing pool, may face Michael Chandler before the end of the year, despite a direct violation of UFC anti-doping policy.

This was announced at a press conference in Las Vegas by UFC President Dana White.

“He is not in the testing pool, but he can return this year, one hundred percent,” said the head of the strongest league in the world. “Who cares what USADA says, with Conor you never know how things will turn out, so we’ll see. Now I see no reason to sit and talk about hypothetical things.

Thus, the head of the UFC made it clear that he would allow the Irishman to ignore the requirement of the US Anti-Doping Agency for a six-month doping testing period, which is mandatory for fighters returning to the testing pool.

Note that USADA is a hired regulator of the UFC’s anti-doping policy, and in fact, the last word remains with the organization paying for these services. At the same time, the standards and requirements of the Athletic Commissions of the states, which mandatory test fighters for doping, are not so strict and should not be a problem for McGregor and the UFC.

Initially, it was assumed that the fight between Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler will be the main event of the UFC 296 tournament, which will be held on December 16 in Las Vegas and will be the last event of the organization this year.