As he looks to make his long-awaited return to the octagon, Conor McGregor is expected to re-enter the USADA drug-testing pool as soon as possible, according to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi.
Raimondi tweeted out a statement that he got from USADA on Friday:
Conor McGregor is expected back in the USADA drug-testing pool “immediately,” per USADA pic.twitter.com/W7TjpOPvRs
— Marc Raimondi (@marcraimondi) May 19, 2023
McGregor, who hasn’t fought since 2021, spoke to reporters Friday in Dublin while promoting a fight and basically said that he’s all set with USADA and that he expects to be back in the octagon by the end of the year.
“That’s done, my man,” McGregor said. “That’s done. Year end, I’m back in that cage having competed. I’m gearing up ready to go.”
If McGregor wants to engage in a fight before the end of the year, he needs to be back in the USADA pool by June 1. He also needs to submit two negative tests and be accessible for random drug checks for the next six months before he would be allowed to compete. McGregor has set his sights on having a fight before the end of the year.
The most recent fight he participated in was against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in Las Vegas. During the first round of the fight, he suffered a catastrophic break in his tibia. It was his third loss in his past four fights and his second consecutive loss to Poirier, who he has now lost both of his battles to.
The former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion has been sidelined for the past year while he has been recovering from an injury. However, he has been eager to return to the octagon for some time in order to demonstrate that he is still among the finest fighters in the game.
At the beginning part of this year, it was revealed that McGregor will compete against Chandler in the 31st season of The Ultimate Fighter as a coach and that the two of them would go on to fight each other at a later pay-per-view event.
Chandler has a record of 2-3 since joining the UFC in 2021, but he has been a standout performer during his time with the organization. He faced Charles Oliveira in a bout for the lightweight championship and won Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night twice each. He also came close to winning the lightweight championship.