Not many wouldn’t have heard the name Conor McGregor also known as the ‘notorious’. He is the greatest MMA fighter pound to pound to ever step in the ring and does not stray behind when it comes to speaking out on public issues and flaunting his wealth.
In the month of October, Dana White had confirmed that Conor McGregor won’t be able to return to the ring until he spends six months in the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug testing pool. This had caused fans and supporters to openly criticize USADA for making the return of McGregor later than normal.
Luckily, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Analyst, Chael Sonnen has shed some light on McGregor and why the champion fighter may have decided to pull himself out of the USADA testing pool.
Sonnen has said that the USADA has stringent logistical requirements while in the testing pool. It includes the USADA knowing the location of the fighter at almost all times of the day. This is not something a multi-millionaire businessman like Conor McGregor can possibly make sure of. Adding to this was the severe leg injury he suffered which put him out of the ring for a longer period of time. hence, this delay in returning to the ring due to the USADA testing is not something in McGregor’s favour.
The Reasons Conor McGregor would have Pulled out
“Conor’s clean,” Sonnen said- “He’s been trolling, he’s been having fun with people. Come on. A guy doesn’t go out and do a crime and then document the crime. Conor put the pictures out. He’s having fun with people. He’s clean.”
He also added that it’s clear that the reason Conor McGregor left the testing pool is the whereabouts clause in the USADA rules and regulations. According to this clause, you’d have to let someone know your whereabouts 24/7/365. Any violation of this is a mark and after three marks in a year, you fail the test instantly. This failure comes with a minimum punishment of two years.
If Conor McGregor had no plan to return to the octagon anytime soon, this wouldn’t have been a problem. He would not want to keep up with the organizational side of these matters if not fighting.
While McGregor has declared himself to be clean ahead of the potential return in 2023, the MMA community will go on with their speculations. Sonnen won’t know for sure if McGregor has taken anything controversial. But he believes Conor McGregor has the right to take whatever he needs to make a comeback from the horrible leg injury he had last year.
Challenges Conor Might Face
But Sonnen also added that there are things that are against the rules that would flag one for USADA that are 100 percent medically appropriate and sometimes even urgent and doesn’t think any athlete, including Conor McGregor, should have to balance advice of a doctor about his health against a sports agency and they don’t really have room for that.”
The former MMA fighter also added that the USADA may have a lot of flows but the people in it are really reasonable. So if McGregor wants to pull himself out of the testing process and any kind of subjectivity, he might have just done the right thing.
But to return to the ring, he would have to surely undergo medical examinations given the injury he suffered and doping tests usually are a part of that.