UFC 257 drug test results return clean and reveal Conor McGregor was checked EIGHT times in 2020

CONOR MCGREGOR and Dustin Poirier have both returned clean drug test results following their clash at UFC 257.

The lightweight contenders were both tested in the build-up to their fight in Abu Dhabi, with no adverse findings found.

According to The Mirror, USADA – who carry out the UFC's drug testing- tested McGregor eight times in 2020 despite the scale of the programme initially being reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic and him only fighting once.

Meanwhile Poirier, who secured a second round knockout win over McGregor, was tested ten times last year.

UFC fighters are signed up to USADA's whereabouts system which means they have to constantly inform the body of their location.

Three sanctions have already been announced by USADA in 2021, but McGregor and Poirier are not among them.

USADA also recently ruled that marijuana would not be considered a doping violation providing it could not be proved it had been used for performance-enhancing purposes.

Speaking about the likelihood of USADA proving marijuana had been taken for performance-enhancing reasons, UFC's senior vice president Jeff Novitzky told ESPN: "I can't think of one instance in any historical cases where that evidence has been there.

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"It would probably require visual signs if the athlete shows up at an event stumbling, smelling like marijuana, eyes bloodshot, things like that.

"And that's something you rarely, if ever, see. I certainly haven't in my six years with the UFC."

McGregor's loss at UFC 257 was the fifth of his professional MMA career and the second in his last three trips to the octagon.

His performance earlier this month was a stark contrast to his first round knockout win over Poirier back in 2014 and has led many to question whether it may have been his last contest.

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