Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor hasn’t been tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) this year, and Chael Sonnen wants “Notorious” to speak up about the controversy.
If a fighter is signed to the UFC, they must undergo random testing throughout the year by USADA in an effort for the promotion to curb drug-induced cheating.
Well, TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter revealed in a recent report that McGregor was the only fighter on the UFC’s roster who hadn’t been tested for disallowed performance enhancers in 2022, barring some combatants who signed with the promotion after August 1.
Notorious hasn’t competed inside the Octagon for over a year. His last outing was in July 2021 at UFC 264 when he broke his leg against Dustin Poirier. McGregor has said on several occasions that he fully intends to return to mixed martial arts, however he’s currently filming “Road House” and isn’t expected to return until 2023.
Even if a fighter remains on the shelf, they will still be tested by USADA per UFC’s policy. So, because McGregor has elected to remain as an active fighter on the roster, it’s unprecedented that he hasn’t been visited by the organization.
And in a recent video on his YouTube channel, Sonnen called on McGregor to explain why he hasn’t been.
“Conor has a lot of opportunities,” Sonnen said (h/t Low Kick MMA). “I don’t make anything salacious out of the USADA business. If he is indeed out of the pool, I think it would serve him to tell us why.”
“24/7 365 to be a part of a pool that wouldn’t even matter because you’re not going to compete, there would be a responsibility for your lawyer or your legal team to come to you and say ‘Hey, let’s remove you from this pool.’ That might have just been it.”