“Conor McGregor Is Not on Steroids” – Controversial UFC Veteran Shut Down USADA Rumors to Claim Conor McGregor Is ‘Clean’

Published 09/24/2022, 1:30 PM EDT

Many people have been wondering about Conor McGregor making a return. It has been a long time since he has fought in the UFC. After the UFC 264 loss against Dustin Poirier, the fighter went through surgery and subsequent rest. However, he has recovered and has been training. As per several sources, he will make a comeback next year. Yet, according to rumors, he isn’t in USADA’s testing pool.

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Retired UFC fighter, Chael Sonnen, in a recent video, discussed McGregor’s USADA status. He shared his thoughts on the fighter looking much bigger and whether he thought the Irishman was on performance-enhancing substances.

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Sonnen said, “Conor McGregor is not on steroids. Conor McGregor is bloated, he’s full of water. He’s highly unlikely bench-pressing more now than he used to or doing more pull-ups. This isn’t muscle … he’s bloated.”

“He’s not training as much, he’s not getting that sweat out. His calories in versus calories out, but there’s nothing nefarious here with Conor.”

Conor McGregor ringside at 3Arena, Dublin. Picture date: Friday February 25, 2022. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)

Additionally, he cautioned fans to not expect ‘The Notorious’ to appear in a sudden UFC fight. After all, it takes time for athletes to enter USADA’s pool and get tested before getting into the Octagon. Hence, he asked McGregor fans to not expect a last-minute matchup.

Chael Sonnen further said, “He is clean.”

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Further speaking about why McGregor took himself out of the testing pool, Sonnen said that it was safer as he wouldn’t want to risk misrepresenting his location. A mistake like that would mean an automatic fail, as revealed by Sonnen.

Conor McGregor looking massive

The 34-year-old fighter has never failed a USADA test. However, fans have noticed the fighter shared pictures of himself looking massive. Many people even speculated he would make a comeback in the welterweight division.

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‘Mystic Mac’ himself seemed interested in competing in the heavier class.

This sparked the idea of him being on banned substances. Plus, USADA has not tested the fighter in 2022. Thus, many combat fans raised questions about him being clean.

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Nevertheless, Chael Sonnen seems confident in his analysis. Do you agree with him? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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