Chandler was recently visited by USADA, and he took the chance to query McGregor about his current position in the drug testing pool in front of their scheduled fight. Michael Chandler has exploited Conor McGregor’s iconic “who the f*** is that guy?” slur to tease the UFC star in advance of their battle.
McGregor is scheduled to face Chandler at UFC 296, which will take place on December 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event will air on pay-per-view. Fans are concerned that the fight will not take place this year since McGregor’s present position in the USADA testing pool is a mystery. This has caused fans to express their concerns on social media.
Before being allowed to compete in the UFC, each fighter must first pass a series of mandated drug tests that must be taken over a period of at least six months. McGregor has not yet sent a sample to USADA; yet, there is a potential that he might still be eligible to compete at UFC 296. This is due to the fact that the six-month window begins to count from the date of re-enrollment, and not the day that the first test sample is provided.
“No joke, where the f*** is that guy?” asked the caption of a video posted on Twitter. “Alright guys, you have all seen the news that Conor is not in USADA,” Chandler stated. “Alright, let’s get this over with.” There are still 179 days remaining until the last pay-per-view event of the year, which is scheduled to take place on December 16th. To add insult to injury, USADA showed up at my door today, which is a comical turn of events. Where have you been, young man?
Arman Tsarukyan, the top-ranked lightweight in the division, has already challenged Michael Chandler to a fight, and the outcome of Chandler’s bout with Conor McGregor is still up in the air. According to Tsarukyan, the fact that McGregor has not released any training videos is sufficient proof that the bout scheduled for the end of the year will not take place.
“If you want to ask me, sure, I want to fight Michael Chandler because it looks like his fight with Conor McGregor is over,” I would say to you if you asked me that question. He must have a fight with someone, and I am here to be that someone. Let’s get this battle on the books because I’m the youngest competitor in the top 15 and I’ve been on a roll recently. He is the senior of the two. According to what he had to say, “I believe that it is good for fans when new generation fights with the older generation.”
The required six-month testing period for UFC athletes can be waived in “exceptional circumstances,” and Conor McGregor has already stated that he could use this defense to fight if he merely submitted two clean tests. This was refuted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency in a statement that read as follows: “While the rules permit the UFC to make an exception to the six-month rule in exceptional circumstances, when the strict application of the rule would be manifestly unfair to the athlete, our position, which we have made clear, is that Conor should be in the testing pool for the full six-month period.”