Conor McGregor has a massive rubbermatch with Dustin Poirier coming up at UFC 264 on July 10, 2021. And while we’re sure he’s concentrating hard on that, he’s also unfortunately very capable of multi-tasking, especially when it comes to posting incessantly on his social media accounts. Today’s left field rant? Directed toward United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and Nate Diaz.
It all started with a video of McGregor working out like a fiend.
Usada tested me right before this. Blood and urine. That’s twice this week. I don’t blame them, I’m a animal. What irks me tho is there is never an announcement of athletes caught anymore? This means -— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 18, 2021
1. They can keep it quiet.
2. Tainted supplement bullshit excuses are accepted pic.twitter.com/6Vqii96Z4o
“USADA tested me right before this,” McGregor wrote. “Blood and urine. That’s twice this week. I don’t blame them, I’m a animal. What irks me though is there is never an announcement of athletes caught anymore? This means -1. They can keep it quiet. 2. Tainted supplement bullshit excuses are accepted.
“Jeff Novitzky, how come the public isn’t told about positive tests anymore?” McGregor added in another tweet. “How after the Nate Diaz steroid debacle, where he produced his own nutrition companies tainted multivitamin, was instantly cleared prior to a mega-money fight, are we now in the dark on test results?”
Maybe at first glance it might seem like USADA has been awful quiet lately. But, a quick look at USADA’s website reveals five incidents in 2021 where fighters have received warnings or sanctions for anti-doping violations. So McGregor is wrong about USADA no longer announcing suspensions in general.
As far as Nate Diaz?
Well ... Diaz did fail a drug test leading up to his big BMF fight with Jorge Masvidal in Nov. 2019. And UFC and USADA seemed willing to sweep it under the rug after Diaz provided them with evidence of a tainted supplement. The only reason we know about it? Because Diaz went and blabbed about the whole incident on Twitter.
Your all on steroids not me pic.twitter.com/ykrZmRIoPS— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) October 24, 2019
“It was just a big secret and it was shady and it sounded like some s—t people on steroids are involved in,” Diaz said at the time. “I didn’t feel comfortable with that. So I’m like let’s just put it on the table then. Because if you’re going to tell me right now that I’m going to test positive for some s**t and everyone is going to go buck wild, then I don’t even want to fight.
“It’s only cheating if you jump in under the influence of that s—t, right?” he continued. “So I’m like let’s just say I did accidentally take this s—t, which I didn’t, but let’s say I did, though. Well then let’s just f—king fight in a couple months when the s—t wears off. I have no problem with that. I don’t care if it ruins your show. You ain’t ruining my whole legacy. I’m all natural.”
So the question left lingering in the air is: if they were willing to sweep it under the rug once, how many other situations have been swept? McGregor seems to suggest there’s more going on under the surface of USADA’s regime than we know. And who knows, maybe there is.
Well anyways thanks for clearing that up for me Jeff, the silence makes perfect sense. Also where is my usada over 50 clean tests completed jacket I see everyone else get?— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 18, 2021
I want to wipe my ass with it.
Of course, it didn’t take long for Diaz to respond.
Mgregor fast system— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 18, 2021
This is what steroids do to u pic.twitter.com/QiSkgTLqcE
@TheNotoriousMMA so I brought mgregor fast to life for you and u didn’t use it against mayweather kabob or dP ur supposed to learn and grow in this game grasshopper not keep fucking up the same way like a rookie— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 18, 2021
I’m write up a Diaz conditioning system to show how it’s really done anyway and shit on this stupid ass gregor fast bullshit this dumb fuck just copy’s all my moves anyway tryin to get on a bike and swim and shit— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 18, 2021
Bruh u don’t know what the fuck your doing
Looks like there’ll be more than enough vitriol stocked up by the time McGregor and Diaz get around to their own trilogy fight. For now, Conor has Dustin Poirier to worry about and Diaz has Leon Edwards at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021.