Is Conor McGregor officially in the USADA testing pool? UFC CEO Dana White shares update

Dana White, during last night’s post-fight press conference, clarified the current status of former two-division champion Conor McGregor with respect to the USADA testing pool. McGregor pulled himself out of the testing pool in the aftermath of UFC 264.

McGregor has been out of action since the unlucky leg injury he suffered at UFC 264 against Dustin Poirier. The former double champion has his much-awaited return, delayed mainly due to USADA regulations.

Is Conor McGregor back in USADA testing pool?

Dana White at the UFC Fight Night: Bobby Green vs. Grant Dawson said that McGregor, who has seen a career dotted with both impressive victories and controversies, is not yet officially part of the USADA testing pool. However, the situation is set to change soon. White clarified that the Irishman has submitted the paperwork for USADA but has not been in the pool yet.

This development has stirred up speculations about McGregor’s return to the octagon. The former double champion has had a tumultuous relationship with the sport over the past few years. His impending re-entry into the USADA pool might be indicative of an impending return to action. His return to the octagon was delayed mainly due to the USADA testing protocol.

McGregor was recently seen for the UFC as one of the coaches for TUF 31. He coached against Michael Chandler for the show. Chandler is his presumed opponent for his return. Like McGregor, Chandler too lost against Dustin Poirier in his light inside the UFC.

Dana White provides update on McGregor

The UFC CEO in the post-fight press conference clarified issues related to Conor McGregor. He said that the Irishman has not yet been inside the testing pool. So, neither the promotion nor Dana White has planned anything with the Irishman yet.

White had earlier said that the fans could expect to see Conor McGregor back in action against Michael Chandler in early 2024. However, his recent words in the post-fight presser of UFC Fight Night 229 are against his initial statement. McGregor is the biggest superstar in UFC history. His bouts have garnered substantial interest globally and in the US.

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The Irishman became a double champion when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title at UFC 205. Dana White and the UFC also co-promoted his boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Moreover, White has never condemned the Irishman for his troubling actions, both inside and outside the UFC.

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