Due to a disagreement over Conor McGregor’s drug tests, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will no longer be responsible for monitoring UFC fighters. This marks the end of an eight-year cooperation between the two organizations.
McGregor hopes to participate for the first time since he had a horrific leg injury in July 2021, but USADA regulations need him to wait six months and submit two negative tests before he can do so.
“The relationship between USADA and UFC became untenable given the statements made by UFC leaders and others questioning USADA’s principled stance that McGregor not be allowed to fight without being in the testing pool for at least six months,” Travis Tygart, CEO of USADA, stated in a release.
The UFC or McGregor did not immediately answer a request for comment.
After a fruitful meeting in May, the UFC allegedly pulled an “about-face” and notified the agency it was moving in a different path, according to the USADA, which caused negotiations on a contract renewal to break down on Monday.
“We are disappointed for UFC athletes, who are independent contractors who rely on our independent, gold-standard global program to protect their rights to a clean, safe, and fair octagon,” Tygart stated.