Conor McGregor details timeframe for drug testing as he plots UFC fight comeback

Conor McGregor has outlined his plans to resume drug testing as he plots his long-awaited UFC comeback.

McGregor has not fought in the octagon since fracturing his leg in a defeat to Dustin Poirier last July.

And his return had expected to be delayed further after UFC president Dana White confirmed that McGregor had been removed from the promotion's United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) testing pool.

McGregor's last test was over 12 months ago and USADA rules state that UFC fighters must be tested for at least six months and pass two tests before they can compete.

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And the Notorious has now shared with his followers on social media that he plans to begin testing again in February, tweeting: “I’m clear for testing in February. I will complete my two tests per USADA and we are booking a fight.”

Under UFC policy, that would mean McGregor could be eligible to fight from August 2023, meaning he would be out of the octagon for over two years.

USADA's statement after White confirmed McGregor had left the pool read: “Once UFC athletes are enrolled in the testing program, they are subject to testing – even when not competing – unless they notify the UFC of their retirement, their contract is terminated, or they are otherwise removed from the program."

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Therefore, unless McGregor could provide grounds for exceptional circumstances, he may not return for at least another 10 months.

The 34-year-old's has bulked up considerably in his rehabilitation regime and is expected to make his return at 170lb, 15lb lighter than his previous weight class.

McGregor's next opponent is unknown, but he has been called out by the likes of Michael Chandler, Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje, and has also teased fights against old rival Khabib Nurmagomedov and rising star Paddy 'The Baddy' Pimblett.

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