Conor McGregor won’t return to the UFC for six months amid talk of Floyd Mayweather fight

USADA reveals that Conor McGregor will not return to the UFC for at least another SIX MONTHS due to the Irishman being the only fighter on the roster not to be tested… fueling rumors that a return to boxing for facing Floyd Mayweather could be his next step.

  • Conor McGregor is the only active UFC athlete who did not submit to drug tests this year
  • Hasn’t fought since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier in July 2021
  • USADA regulations say an athlete must be tested six months before competing.
  • Rumors of a rematch between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather

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MMA legend Conor McGregor will not be able to fight in the UFC for at least six months due to doping rules, as the Irishman has not been tested since July 2021.

The former double champion hasn’t fought since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier in July 2021.

McGregor is the only athlete on the active UFC roster who hasn’t been tested this year, with some athletes having done so even though they haven’t competed for five years.

USADA anti-doping regulations do not allow an athlete to compete in the UFC unless they have been in the testing pool for six months, so it is likely that McGregor will return to fight in the ring rather than the octagon for the foreseeable future. .

Conor McGregor is the only active UFC athlete who hasn't been drug tested this year

Conor McGregor is the only active UFC athlete who hasn’t been drug tested this year

A USADA official said mixed martial arts fights: ‘Once UFC athletes enroll in the testing program, they are subject to testing, even when they are not competing, unless they notify the UFC of their withdrawal, their contract is terminated, or they are removed from the program otherwise.

‘Should an athlete return to the UFC, they are required to remain in the USADA testing pool for six months before being allowed to compete.

Similar to World Anti-Doping Agency rules, the UFC may grant a waiver to the six-month written notice rule in exceptional circumstances or when strict application of that rule would be manifestly unfair to the athlete, but in both cases Under the UFC rules, the athlete must provide at least two negative samples before returning to competition.

He could be up for a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in a repeat of their 2017 fight.

He could be up for a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in a repeat of their 2017 fight.

He could be up for a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in a repeat of their 2017 fight.

“We do not comment on the status of any particular athlete’s testing pool.”

McGregor has several options on the table if he returns, including a surprise boxing proposal from former foe Mayweather.

The latter came out on top when they first contested a one-off crossover fight in August 2017.

And in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail last week, Mayweather revealed his plans to lure McGregor into another matchup next year.

McGregor has several options on the table before his return, including another boxing proposition from former foe Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor has several options on the table before his return, including another boxing proposition from former foe Floyd Mayweather.

Mayweather, now 45, won his first fight convincingly after 10 rounds.

Before his final showing in Japan over the weekend, the boxing legend said, “I want to go out this weekend in Tokyo and have fun.” [against Mikuru Asakura]. Then I have another exhibition in Dubai in November and myself and Conor McGregor in 2023.

‘We don’t know if it’s going to be an exhibition or a real fight. But there have been talks of both. I would prefer an exhibition.

However, after hearing Mayweather’s challenge, McGregor responded on Instagram by writing, ‘#notinterested’.

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