Beneil Dariush Explains Why He Thinks ‘Conor McGregor Is Cheating’

Dariush is certain "The Notorious" has been doing something with his body.

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  • Beneil Dariush accused Conor McGregor of cheating with some banned substance
  • “The Notorious” previously said he only needs two negative tests

Conor McGregor has yet to make his long-awaited UFC return but for obvious reasons, he’s still a hot subject of discussion in the sport. Recently, No. 4 lightweight contender Beneil Dariush commented about McGregor’s issue with USADA and accused “The Notorious” of cheating.

Fighters can always talk to USADA

In an interview with The Schmo, Dariush explained that seriously injured professional fighters can get “a therapeutic exemption” provided that they won’t take anything banned by USADA.

For Dariush, McGregor is cheating because he evidently added “extra stuff” to bulk up and now he’s dealing with it.

“I think Conor is cheating. In reality, if you want to fix your knee or you want to fix your leg and get certain growth hormones or whatever he’s doing, you can get a therapeutic exemption. You can speak to USADA and get a therapeutic exemption – but you can’t add extra stuff. Whatever you are putting in, you have to declare with them and get it figured out,” Dariush began.

“This is BS, to be honest with you. The fact that they say, ‘Oh, while he’s doing this, he’s not getting tested right now because of his leg.’ No – you can still get tested. You just have to declare and say, ‘Hey, this was a therapeutic exemption.’ But that’s not the case (with McGregor). He even put down ‘retirement’ (on forms), so he went into retirement, I guess. USADA recently said when you come out of retirement, you need six months and two clean tests. So this is garbage. But that’s the game,” he continued.

Just get it over with

A few weeks ago, it was reported that McGregor is still not on USADA’s testing pool which is likely to delay his highly-anticipated UFC return. The former UFC two-division champ, meanwhile, insisted that his understanding is that he only needs two negative tests and he’s good to go.

Amid McGregor’s ongoing issue with USADA, UFC president Dana White refused to comment and made it clear that he doesn’t want to be involved with any of it.

McGregor is set to face Michael Chandler in the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter Season 31. The official date and location are yet to be announced but it is expected to take place shortly after the airing of the final episode on August 15.

As for Dariush, he is booked for a showdown against Charles Oliveira at UFC 288.

Published on March 28, 2023 at 11:14 am
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