As everyone knows by now, current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor announced his retirement from MMA earlier this week. UFC President Dana White later announced that McGregor had been pulled from UFC 200 because he refused to fly to Las Vegas to film promotional material for the event. McGregor was supposed to fight Nate Diaz in a rematch in the main event of UFC 200.
McGregor is facing a serious problem with USADA due to his decision of retirement.
According to USADA policy, McGregor must notify the UFC in writing about retiring from the sport. USADA’s policy states that McGregor is still subjected to testing and refusal to participate is a violation of policy. If McGregor actually retires and then, later on, he decides to return to the sport then he subjected to testing for a four-month period before he would be allowed to fight again.
UFC President Dana White appeared on UFC Tonight on Wednesday and commented on the situation.
“If Conor McGregor is truly retired, he would have to take four months off before, it would take you four months to come back, because of USADA. You can’t just say, now that you have random drug testing, after however long you’re out, just say ‘okay, now I’m back.'”
If McGregor does indeed retire and the comes back, White has already said that the UFC would strip McGregor of his title and that Jose Aldo, and Frankie Edgar would fight for the vacant featherweight title at UFC 200.