- Dustin Poirier comments on Conor McGregor’s apparent conflict with the USADA’s six-month window rule
- “The Diamond” thinks “Notorious'” legacy will be at risk if he was proven guilty of cheating
Conor McGregor has verbally confirmed his UFC return in December but some fans are not buying it, primarily because of the fact that the former UFC two-division champion has yet to re-enter USADA’s testing pool. With that in mind, McGregor shouldn’t be allowed to compete as he would be breaking USADA’s six-month testing rule.
According to Dustin Poirier, USADA, and the UFC should either be firm about it or just dropped the six-month rule entirely if they plan to let McGregor make his return in December.
It would be one heck of a Joke
Speaking to MMA News, “The Diamond” made it clear that he is not throwing shade at anybody but if McGregor gets to fight without being tested by USADA for six consecutive months, then the organization would be making a fool out of itself.
“I like USADA, and I do think they’re doing a good job of cleaning up our sport. But for me, if they waive that [six-month window rule] and allow him [McGregor] to compete with no drug testing, it kind of just makes a joke of the whole thing. Just remove it completely, you know?,” Poirier pointed out.
“There shouldn’t be gray areas,” he continued. “It’s white and black with USADA. You take tests and pass them, you’re able to compete. You don’t take tests, you don’t compete. There was never a gray area before. We’ll see what happens, man. I’m not sh*ting on the UFC, and I’m not sh*ting on USADA but… I don’t wanna like accuse or say things about either company without them making an official decision yet. I don’t know what they’re going to do with Conor and the drug testing thing. But if they do allow him to compete without drug testing? I mean, they’re making a whole joke of USADA.”
McGregor’s legacy could be Tainted
When asked if McGregor’s issue with USADA could affect his legacy, Poirier said it definitely would but at the same time, some fans would still side with “Notorious.”
“I don’t know but I’m sure it would if he got busted for using steroids,” Poirier said. “But also, he was in the USADA protocol when he was doing great things, so he was passing tests when he was still making incredible things happen in the Octagon. So, that’s tough to say. It depends on the person looking in from the outside. I’m sure a lot of people are gonna say if that would happen, a lot of people would say it does, and a lot of people would stand behind him, but it is what it is.”
As expected, McGregor wants to have his fingers in every pie ahead of his expected UFC return. He is expected to face Michael Chandler but has also called out Justin Gaethje for a BMF title fight. Apart from that, “Notorious” also flirted with the idea of taking on KSI in a bare-knuckle boxing match.