Dana White has declined to intervene in the drug testing disagreement between Conor McGregor and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in anticipation of the fighter's return to the ring.
The former two-weight UFC champion has not participated in any fights or drug testing since sustaining a fractured tibia and fibula in his trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July 2021.
After a prolonged hiatus, McGregor has now recuperated and has been scheduled to fight Michael Chandler, whom he coached alongside in the most recent installment of The Ultimate Fighter. While the fight date has yet to be announced, it may be postponed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) due to their insistence that McGregor undergo six months of random drug testing before being allowed to compete again.
In a statement issued on Thursday, USADA revealed that 'Notorious' has not yet returned to their testing pool, despite having a fight scheduled, and that he must be thoroughly tested before facing Chandler or any other UFC fighter.
McGregor, who has repeatedly claimed that he is only required to pass two drug tests before being allowed to compete again, responded to USADA's statement with fury and posted a series of social media messages, including a voice note of him singing to the tune of Barry Manilow's 'Mandy' about USADA being discarded.
UFC chief Dana White was quick to distance himself from the comments made by McGregor
When asked about the ongoing dispute between his top fighter and the drug testing agency he began working within 2015 after UFC 286, White dismissed any responsibility to address the matter. He suggested asking UFC Senior VP of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novitzky, for clarification and emphasized that he has no interest in getting involved in the drug testing situation.
White stated, "I don't give a damn about any of that stuff anymore. That's his [Novitzky's] problem. I don't participate in the drug testing situation in any way. I have no knowledge of it, and I don't want to have any knowledge of it. I leave it to the expert. He's the authority on this matter, and you are welcome to reach out to him for an interview about it anytime."