UFC Cuts Ties with USADA

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With the USADA’s (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) conclusion regarding the necessity of a six month testing pool for Conor McGregor accompanied by a strongly worded statement made by USDA CEO Travis Tygart about McGregor, Dana White is seeking a new standard for testing as well as potential legal action against the testing agency. This comes after the official merger of the UFC’s parent company, Endeavor, and the WWE, under the new entity, the TKO Group.

The company began trading on the NYSE last month under the ticker symbol ‘TKO’. Endeavor holds 51% controlling interest in TKO, while WWE shareholders hold 49%.

In a blunt move, Tygart announced that December of 2023 will mark the final month of the UFC-USADA partnership based on the UFC’s contemptuous indignity surrounding Tygert’s statements regarding McGregor’s supervision and probation. Tygert stated that “They didn’t [ask for an exemption] in part because they knew what our position was, because we made it crystal clear with them, in writing and in conversation, and publicly when we made the statements that we did,” Tygart said. “But they for sure didn’t like the statements we made.”

The conversation between UFC executives and Tygart started on McGregor and steered to financial negotiations before descending into bilateral disdain.

As of Jan. 1, 2024, Conor McGregor’s six-month testing window will no longer be USADA’s concern. Tygart expects the UFC to hire another firm that falls short of the anti-doping agency’s standards.

“There are some private companies out there,” Tygart said. “Some of them are owned by venture capital firms or private equity firms, and they’re willing to run any kind of program, whether it has credibility or not, if they can make a little bit of a profit. And so my guess is they’ll get some sample collection company that does that.”

White stated, “This guy went full Britney Spears and lost his mind,” White told reporters at the UFC Apex on Friday. “Get ready, you’re probably going to see this guy on Instagram dancing with knives, probably in the next two weeks or something. He went nuts. He lost his mind, and it is what it is. It’s whatever.”