UFC, USADA parting ways in 2024; USADA claims relationship became ‘untenable’ over Conor McGregor situation

Objavljeno: 11.10.2023

(mmafighting.com) The United States Anti-Doping Agency will no longer oversee the UFC’s anti-doping program once their current contract expires at the end of 2023.

The stunning news was announced on Wednesday with a statement from USADA CEO Travis Tygart after USADA officials confirmed UFC superstar Conor McGregor had officially re-entered the drug-testing pool following a long absence from the program. Tygart claims that talks were ongoing for an extension between USADA and the UFC until negotiations broke down; the MMA promotion then opted to end the partnership starting in 2024.

“We can confirm that Conor McGregor has re-entered the USADA testing pool as of Sunday, October 8, 2023,” Tygart said. “We have been clear and firm with the UFC that there should be no exception given by the UFC for McGregor to fight until he has returned two negative tests and been in the pool for at least six months. The rules also allow USADA to keep someone in the testing pool longer before competing based on their declarations upon entry in the pool and testing results.