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The UFC-USADA Split: A Closer Look at the McGregor Controversy and Future Changes

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The UFC and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) will sever their partnership from January 2024 due to a dispute over UFC fighter Conor McGregor. This controversy follows comments from UFC president Dana White suggesting a possible early return to the octagon for McGregor, bypassing USADA’s mandatory six-month drug testing requirement. Despite this separation, the UFC will continue its anti-doping efforts with Drug Free Sport International and new administrator George Piro. The split has sparked questions about the future of drug testing in MMA.

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