Dana White, USADA

Dana White reacts to USADA announcement – “That was straight scumbag-ism”

UFC CEO Dana White joined The Pat McAfee Show today and was asked about the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) parting ways with the UFC following the conclusion of the 2023 calendar year.

On Wednesday, USADA released a lengthy statement attributed to CEO Travis Tygart confirming that UFC superstar Conor McGregor was officially back in the testing pool to clear the way for his return to action.

USADA officials also in the same release announced their discontent for McGregor’s allowance into the pool and that they could no longer work with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion.

“Well, let me just start with this — it wasn’t an announcement,” White said on the show. “It was a dirty move by them. There was no announcement yesterday. That was straight scumbag-ism what happened yesterday.

“So that will all be addressed today, not by me. I’ll let [Jeff] Novitzky and our lawyer Hunter Campbell handle that. The you-know-what is about to hit the fan on that one.”

The way the USADA announcement was worded, fans assumed that the UFC chose to no longer test their fighters for banned substances. According to White, that is not the case.

“We would still pay an independent company,” White said. “It’s the best way to do it. We have a standard that we set here, but a lot of people are not happy with USADA.

“Our deal is up at the end of the year and we’re working on going in a different direction, especially after the dirty scumbag move that they pulled yesterday. That will be addressed later.”

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