According to USADA guidelines, athletes are required to submit two negative samples over a six-month period in order to ensure that they can compete.
Although that may be the case, McGregor has failed to do so in light of suggestions that he is getting ready to face Michael Chandler. Therefore, the current timeline would rule him out of a fight with Chandler this year.
The only way around this would be to get an exemption, which did happen previously when it came to Brock Lesnar. However, the latter’s win over Mark Hunt was overturned to a no contest as he failed a drug test.
Therefore, Poirier was adamant that an exemption would not send out the right message.
Poirier On McGregor
“I like USADA, and I do think they’re doing a good job of cleaning up our sport. But for me, if they waive [the six-month window] and allow him to compete with no drug testing, it kind of just makes a joke of the whole thing. Just remove it completely. There shouldn’t be gray areas. It’s white and black with USADA, you take tests and pass them, you’re able to compete. You don’t take tests, you won’t be able to compete,” Poirier
McGregor has not been in the cage since his loss to Poirier in 2021 where he suffered a broken leg. However, the failure to have a fight since then has raised question marks over whether McGregor will make a return. As such, the failure to enroll in USAD will impact the Irishman’s legacy, as Poirier felt it would raise many question marks.
“I don’t want to accuse or say things about either company without them making an official decision. I don’t know what they’re going to do with Conor and the drug testing thing. But if they do allow him to compete without drug testing, they’re making a whole joke of USADA,” Poirier
Ultimately, the rules must apply to all MMA fighters equally no matter how big they are currently. And there is no getting away from that.
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