Conor McGregor is one of the most recognizable names in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). The Irishman has become a global superstar since his rise to fame in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has become one of the most successful fighters in the promotion’s history, winning two world titles and becoming the first simultaneous two-division champion in the promotion’s history.
However, McGregor has been absent from the octagon since October 2018, when he was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title fight. Since then, McGregor has been embroiled in a number of controversies, including a bus attack in Brooklyn and a bar fight in Dublin.
Despite his absence from the octagon, McGregor has remained in the headlines. He has been linked with a number of potential fights, including a rematch with Nurmagomedov and a bout with Donald Cerrone.
Now, it appears that McGregor is set to make his return to the octagon in September. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, who said that McGregor is in talks with the UFC about a potential fight in September.
However, there is one major obstacle standing in the way of McGregor’s return: he has yet to provide a drug test to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USADA is the organization responsible for testing UFC fighters for performance-enhancing drugs.
McGregor has been tested by USADA in the past, but he has not been tested since his last fight in October 2018. Without a drug test, McGregor cannot be cleared to fight in the UFC.
The UFC has yet to officially announce McGregor’s return, but it appears that the promotion is confident that he will be able to provide a drug test in time for a September fight.
McGregor has been linked with a number of potential opponents, including former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler. Chandler is set to make his UFC debut in January, and a fight between him and McGregor could be a huge draw for the promotion.
However, it remains to be seen if McGregor will be able to provide a drug test in time for a September fight. If he is unable to do so, it could be a major setback for the promotion and for McGregor himself.
Only time will tell if McGregor will be able to make his return to the octagon in September. Until then, fans will have to wait and see if the Irishman can provide a drug test in time for a potential fight.