Joe Rogan doesn’t think former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor is natty.
The longtime analyst thinks McGregor likely has been using performance-enhancing drugs, given the recent photos and videos of his physique posted by McGregor online and the fact the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the UFC’s anti-doping partner, confirmed McGregor is out of the testing pool and currently is not being tested for any prohibited substances.
“He’s taking his shirt off and posing constantly, and he looks like his piss would melt that USADA cup,” Rogan said on his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” “Like, it would just like burn a hole right through the bottom of that USADA cup. … The weird thing is that there is a loophole in USADA that allows you to get out of the testing pool. You can get out of the testing pool and just juice up.”
McGregor currently is recovering from a broken tibia sustained in his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021.
Rogan was joined by Derek from the popular YouTube channel More Plates More Dates, an expert on steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. He asked him what USADA prohibited substances potentially could aid McGregor in his recovery.
“HGH, peptides, androgens are very restorative – like they’ll reinforce bone mineral density,” Derek said. “Like, there’s certain stuff that’s going to stay in the system for a long time he could never use. But on the bio-identical side, anything pro-bone integrity, infrastructure enforcing, I would be highly incentivized. If I was him and I wasn’t being tested, I’d be pushing that vector hard.”
McGregor will be trying to come back to fighting from a major injury, and he’s just 1-3 in his past four UFC bouts.
Some have questioned McGregor’s will to fight, given his massive financial success. Rogan thinks the Irishman is suffering from inactivity more than anything, and thinks McGregor is more than capable of making a comeback.
“It is weird,” Rogan said. “His last big win was against Donald Cerrone, which was a significant win. I wonder, it could just be inactivity, too. The inactivity is probably one of the biggest factors in his demise – maybe even more so than just the silk sheets.
“He said that after the Dustin Poirier fight. … There’s a lot going on in a fight and if you’re not accustomed to fighting at the high level, the stress of that moment is so overwhelming. (It’s) very, very difficult for guys to take years off and then jump back in and be 100 percent.”