Conor McGregor was drug tested this week for the first time this year, the UFC Featherweight Champion revealed on his Twitter account.
The Irish-born fighter tweeted out the photo which he described as “an army of scientists” that turned up to take samples.
The random appearance of the drug testers comes after the strict doping regulations that were put in place after several high-profile fighters failed their drug tests before the guideline changes.
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McGregor is used to this kind of testing, as according to Martin Domin of the MailOnline, he, his opponent at UFC 194, Jose Aldo, and former Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey were tested eight times in 2015, which is more than any other athletes in the promotion.
UFC has looked to crack down on fighters doping by introducing more strict tests that are close to what is practiced by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Yoel Romero, who beat Ronaldo Souza at UFC 194, was the most recent fighter to have failed a drug test.
With the image of the UFC and MMA in general now becoming a more globally watched sport, it's good to see the sport doing it's very best to keep it's integrity intact by cracking down on the fighters which take drugs in order to gain an advantage. At the end of the day, it will make the sport more enjoyable for others to watch in the future.
These tests on McGregor come prior to his fight against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 197 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 5 for the UFC Lightweight Championship. The Brazilian, in contrast to the Irishman, has already been tested four times this year.
If Conor wins, he will become the first fighter ever to hold UFC world titles in two different weight classes at the same time.