USADA says they do not have a meeting with Conor McGregor scheduled, despite his claims on The MMA Hour.
While appearing on a special edition of The MMA Hour on Wednesday, Conor McGregor announced that he had a meeting set up with USADA in regards to re-entering the testing pool. He began to explain that he was only required two positive tests before competing again, then looked off-camera at someone and quickly changed the subject.
That portion of the show seems to have been edited out of the version which MMA Fighting has shared online, but was part of the version if you watched live during the interview.
“I’m not rushing nothing,” McGregor told Ariel Helwani on the sho “There’s hurdles and what not, but we’re in constant communication and there’s an interview scheduled and a meeting happens and then it will be official. But the six months thing, what they had said was two clean tests and off I go, so I assume it won’t be too long.”
Now, in light of those comments, USADA has issued a statement, refuting what McGregor said.
"While we meet with all athletes who enter or re-enter the testing pool, we do not currently have a meeting set with Conor and, as of today, we have not received notice of his coming out of retirement to compete," the statement reads.
The statement also re-iterates that McGregor will need to be in the testing pool for six months before competing and that they do not believe McGregor's return would qualify as part of the "exceptional circumstances" clause which allowed Brock Lesnar to return for UFC 200.
McGregor has said his return could happen as early as "late Summer" but he'd need to be in the USADA testing pool as soon as possible for that to happen.
Shortly after the statement made it's rounds, McGregor when to Twitter and simply tweeted, "Usada is going in the bin."
He followed that comment up with another one blasting the anti-doping agency for making him out to be a liar.
"This is my issue. I’ve not lied once. Nor have I tested positive. Ever," he tweeted. "I have over 70 clean tests under this program, yet they are consistently coming out after I speak in a manner that makes it seem I am lying. It’s ridiculous. F**k used. You are in The Bin."