Conor McGregor is once again being called out for his suspicious muscle mass. On Twitter, the outspoken Irishman responded to the reveal that he had not been in the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for more than a year by confirming he would return to testing in February 2023.
“I am clear for testing in February,” tweeted McGregor. I will complete my two tests per USADA and we are booking a fight.”
I am clear for testing in February. I will complete my two tests per USADA and we are booking a fight.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 24, 2022
A returning fighter is generally required to go through a standard six-month testing period before they can compete. Conor McGregor plans to skirt the rules by way of an “exceptional circumstances” clause that can exempt a fighter from that six-month requirement. Given that McGregor was removed from the USADA testing pool while undergoing recovery from a broken leg suffered in July 2021, it appears that will be his path back to the Octagon sooner than traditionally allowed.
Of course, fans immediately started calling out McGregor and the system, believing the Irishman had simply found a way to continue using PEDs undetected. However, one man believes that McGregor’s recently transformed physique may be the result of digital trickery rather than performance-enhancing drugs.
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Internet fitness guru Derek from More Plates, More Dates on YouTube suggested that Conor McGregor’s recent gains could all be the product of Photoshop.
“This is his sauciest I’ve ever seen him look in my life, personally,” he said. “Like these quads, especially, to me… Like again, this photo is almost suspiciously photoshopped, seemingly. That’s how cranked this guy looks right now relative to what I believe he’s naturally capable of.
“So, either he’s almost certainly taking something right now while not being tested by USADA so there’s absolutely the most incentive ever for him, when he’s creeping into his mid-30s, has to make a dramatic comeback. This is his last shot to do it coming off a brutal injury where you would probably be taking certain things in order to expedite recovery and make sure you come back with enhanced infrastructure to avoid further injury in the future.
“He can just show up sauced to the gills, like what is going on with this guy?” Derek continued. “Because everyone is wondering why this guy hasn’t been drug tested and people talk about his injury, getting out of the pool. But he has impending plans to come back to the UFC and make a statement. And this does not look representative of ‘I just took time off and I’m focusing on building my physique back to be fight-ready.’ He has never looked like this in this dramatic of a fashion. This is almost to the point where I would think the picture is fake, like that’s how juicy this guy looks.” h/t MMAMania
“Even in the past, though, it’s not like there’s certainty around if he’s used hormones or anything. But when you’re not even passing the eye test, the smell test, where you just look at a guy and it’s like damn, dramatic before and after difference where you’re a well-trained individual who’s been in the gym for years, maybe not trying to gain weight, but the lean mass this guy has packed on in this picture!
“Look at the quad sweep, like this guy might as well become a [bodybuilder], not really but I mean this is impressive, especially with his f*cked up leg. To look like this, these are impressive quads to the point where they’re suspect as hell and potentially even photoshopped. I don’t know for sure. But it’s either one of two things: either sauce or photoshop.”
“That’s like 20 to 30 pounds of muscle accrued, which is just not going to happen naturally, in my opinion.”