UFC has ‘nothing planned’ for Conor McGregor despite return to Usada pool

While it waits for Conor McGregor to formally rejoin the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool, UFC president Dana White has stated that the organization has “nothing planned” for him.

The Irishman’s intended return in 2023 has been derailed by his absence from the Usada pool since July 2021, when he injured his leg in a second consecutive defeat to Dustin Poirier.

Last Monday, 35-year-old Conor McGregor claimed to have “submitted” his “stuff” to Jeff Novitzky, Senior Vice-President of Athlete Health and Performance for the UFC. Fans believed that McGregor had rejoined the Usada pool as a result. However, White addressed McGregor’s remarks in a speech on Saturday night (7 October).

The 54-year-old White denied being formally part of the USADA testing pool. “He filed the papers, and he’ll probably be submitted by Monday. Again, don’t hold me to that, but the paperwork has been sent in, and he should be back in the pool sometime next week.

White was also questioned about whether McGregor may face Michael Chandler, who had been declared the Irishman’s return opponent as early as February of this year, in the main event of UFC 300, which is rumored to take place in April.

I honestly have no plans for Conor McGregor, White stated. The documentation has been delivered. We’ll wing it and see how it goes. There are still a lot of conflicts that need to occur before we can select where he will settle.

McGregor has gone winless since defeating Donald Cerrone in only 40 seconds in January 2020. American Chandler, meanwhile, has a record of 3–2 in the UFC since entering the organization in January 2021.

The 37-year-old’s most recent fight ended in a submission loss to Poirier in November 2022.

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