Conor McGregor’s return to the UFC is unclear at this time, much like his USADA testing status.
It is no secret that Conor McGregor is the most popular fighter on the UFC roster. He has fans and haters all around the world, most looking forward to his return to the Octagon. McGregor has been out of competition since July of last year when he suffered a leg break during his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The nature of the break was so bad that he needed to undergo surgery and was facing a lengthy rehab. It has been over a year since his last appearance in the cage and now certain facts have emerged that make it seem unlikely that a return will happen anytime soon.
USADA has yet to pay a visit to McGregor this year
All UFC fighters need to be enrolled in a drug testing program run by the U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The USADA will randomly test fighters throughout the year to make sure they are not taking performance-enhancing drugs. If a fighter is not in this testing pool for any reason, most likely retirement, then they are not eligible to fight in the UFC. They must first enter the testing pool again and enter a waiting period of around six months. McGregor has not been tested at all this year, leading people to presume he has taken himself out of the testing pool. All fighters testing numbers are available to the public on the USADA website, McGregor’s reading is zero for 2022.
McGregor is busy with his other business ventures including starring in an upcoming remake of the classic film, Roadhouse. It seems McGregor has no intentions of returning to the UFC anytime soon although he is still training and has teased his return on social media. There are always plenty of options for him in the UFC and he would likely have his choice of opponent and weight class. He has been seen on social media looking larger than normal which has had people questioning his real motives for removal from USADA testing. He responded to these claims in an avoidance sort of way.