“The Notorious” Conor McGregor has been out of action since breaking his leg in a trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021.
During his absence, McGregor is not currently enrolled for testing with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the UFC’s anti-doping partner.
In order to be eligible to compete with the UFC, McGregor would need to be tested for a period of six-months, a standard protocol set for any fighter that leaves the testing pool.
UFC broadcast analyst Joe Rogan recently stated on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” that he believes McGregor is taking performance enhancing drugs.
“He’s taking his shirt off and posing constantly, and he looks like his piss would melt that USADA cup,” Rogan said. “Like, it would just like burn a hole right through the bottom of that USADA cup. … The weird thing is that there is a loophole in USADA that allows you to get out of the testing pool. You can get out of the testing pool and just juice up.”
Rogan was speaking with Derek from More Plates More Dates, an expert on steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. He asked him what USADA prohibited substances potentially could aid McGregor in his recovery.
“HGH, peptides, androgens are very restorative – like they’ll reinforce bone mineral density,” Derek said. “Like, there’s certain stuff that’s going to stay in the system for a long time he could never use. But on the bio-identical side, anything pro-bone integrity, infrastructure enforcing, I would be highly incentivized. If I was him and I wasn’t being tested, I’d be pushing that vector hard.”
McGregor won the interim featherweight title at UFC 189 in July 2015. In December that year, he unified it with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo. After a pair of welterweight fights against Nate Diaz, he beat lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to become the first simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history.
He never defended either belt. He was stripped of both due to inactivity.
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