Is Conor McGregor juicing?

What say you? Does Conor McGregor register with USADA? Does he pass their testing? Does he fight? Can he compete anymore?

By: June M. Williams | 4 months ago
Is Conor McGregor juicing?
Conor McGregor, aired May 17, 2023. photo: Everett Collection

Is Conor McGregor on PEDs?

It’s the question of the day lately – is Conor McGregor on PEDs? Will he register with the USADA in time to compete against Michael Chandler at the end of this year’s TUF 31 season he is co-coaching?

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor is practically a household name globally at this point. He is a former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion, the first UFC fighter to hold UFC championships in two weight classes simultaneously.Plus, he’s a former Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight champion.

His boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr, drew 4.3 million PPV buys in North America, the second most in combat sports history. He was defeated by Mayweather, in his debut pro boxing match. But so far to date, he has been the biggest PPV draw in MMA history, having headlined the five highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events.

Conor McGregor’s infamous battle with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 drew 2.4 million PPV buys, the most ever for an MMA event.If that wasn’t enough, ‘Notorious’ was ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2021, earning a reported $180 million. He also featured in the list in 2018, when he was ranked fourth, with a reported income of $99 million.

McGregor last fought July 10, 2021, at UFC 264 and left the sport on a TKO Doctor Stoppage round one defeat; rendering him unable to continue due to a broken tibia. After the layoff nursing his leg injury, it was announced that McGregor would be coaching The Ultimate Fighter 31 for the second time, this time against Michael Chandler. They will face each other after the season, at an event yet to be determined. 

Since the Poirier defeat, he has no longer registered with the USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) due to his inactivity in the sport. In order to meet the terms of his TUF contract and have that encounter at the end of the season with Chandler, Conor will HAVE to get registered and tested, presumably.

So what’s the big deal about that?

McGregor is looking “jacked up, bloated, swollen, and his face is unrecognizable from years past.” Ben ‘The Bane’ Davis posted an image of him to twitter with the title “Coked Up” overlaying it. Matt Brown has called him out on being out of control stating he is a “juiced up, coked up bum.”

Accusations of juicing are flying all over the MMA community and we are all eager to see if he has the ability to even narrowly pass a USADA test in time to compete against the former Bellator Champion, Chandler.

The debate on whether or not his downward spiral these past several years will lead to his inability to compete is heated.

And if he does register with USADA and manages to pass their testing, will he be able to compete at a level worthy of Chandler? Chandler seems to be confident this fight is 100% going down.

What say you? Does Conor register with USADA? Does he pass their testing? Does he fight? Can he compete anymore?

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June M. Williams
June M. Williams

June M. Williams is the Bloody Elbow Ombudsperson, Lead Fixer, Author, Statistician, Watch Party Moderator, and Podcast Network & Syndication Manager.

She began work for the Combat Sports Division of SB Nation in 2010, making Bloody Elbow her primary home since 2014.

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