Conor McGregor is one of the most successful and controversial fighters to step inside the Octagon. The former UFC double champion hasn’t competed for the promotion since 2021. It appears that McGregor will have to meet certain conditions to re-enter the Octagon.

According to Heavy, UFC President Dana White has revealed that the once-undefeated MMA fighter will have to re-enter USADA’s testing protocols before he’s allowed to compete inside the Octagon.

For those not in the know, UFC fighters have to stay in USADA’s testing pool for at least six months before they are allowed to compete inside the Octagon. The anti-doping agency released a statement to TSN in regards to their drug-testing rules.

“Once UFC athletes are enrolled in the testing program, they are subject to testing – even when not competing – unless they notify the UFC of their retirement, their contract is terminated, or they are otherwise removed from the program.


“In the event of an athlete’s return to the UFC, they are required to remain in the USADA testing pool for six months before they are permitted to compete. Similar to World Anti-Doping Agency rules, the UFC may grant an exemption to the six-month written notice rule in exceptional circumstances or where the strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to the athlete, but in both cases under the UFC rules, the athlete must provide at least two negative samples before returning to competition. We do not comment on the testing pool status of any particular athlete.”

Fans believe that Conor McGregor has been ducking USADA for a long time since the “Notorious One” hasn’t been tested by the agency in nearly a year. Keep reading Thirsty for more.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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