Dana White isn’t concerned about Conor McGregor’s ongoing situation with USADA.
McGregor hasn’t fought since July 2021, when he suffered a severe leg injury against Dustin Poirier. Since then, the former two-division UFC champion has been recovering outside the USADA testing pool. Now that he’s preparing for his Octagon return, the anti-doping agency is demanding ‘The Notorious’ goes through six months of random drug testing, which is their standard policy for all fighters.
The Dublin native hoped to get an exemption, but USADA isn’t backing down. Considering McGregor hasn’t re-entered the testing pool, there are concerns about when he will fight again. During the UFC 286 post-fight press conference, White was asked about the situation, and he had this to say:
“Have you ever heard of Jeff Novitzky? Ask him these questions. I don’t give a sh*t about any of that stuff anymore. That’s his problem. I don’t get involved in the drug testing situation whatsoever. I know nothing about it, and I don’t want to know nothing about it. I leave it to the expert. He’s the expert in this thing, and you guys call him and interview him anytime about it.”
McGregor’s next fight will most likely be against Michael Chandler. The two UFC superstars coached opposing teams on The Ultimate Fighter Season 31, and the tension was reportedly red hot by the end of filming. Due to the USADA issue, it’s unclear when they will meet in the Octagon.
Watch Dana White’s UFC 286 post-fight press conference below:
Dana White discusses Conor McGregor fighting in Ireland again
In July 2014, Conor McGregor defeated Diego Brandao with a first-round knockout inside The O2 Dublin, marking his only UFC fight in Dublin, Ireland. Now that McGregor is arguably on the back end of his career, some people have questioned if he will fight in Ireland again before retiring.
During the same press conference, Dana White was asked about where McGregor would fight next. He had this to say:
“When Conor was the champ and the double champ, I wanted to do Croke Park so bad. But logistically, it just never worked out for us. We couldn’t get them to work with us. They close the subways down at a certain time that wouldn’t have worked. Obviously, we’d love to come back to Dublin, too, but I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. I don’t even know when he’s going to fight yet. And his next fight definitely wouldn’t be in Ireland.”
McGregor’s last win was a 40-second knockout against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in January 2020. After defeating Cerrone, McGregor fought Dustin Poirier for the second and third time, losing both inside the distance. The former UFC two-division champion now looks to silence the doubters and return to a world championship fight.