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Conor McGregor in line for UFC retirement U-turn as Dana White reveals Irishman is still part of anti-drug testing

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CONOR McGREGOR could still be in line for a UFC return having remained in the anti-doping testing pool.

The 32-year-old in June announced, for the third time in four years, he was retiring.

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It came a month after Henry Cejudo also walked away from fighting, later vacating his bantamweight belt and being wiped from the UFC rankings.

But McGregor still remains the No4 rated lightweight contender.

Promoter White revealed the Irishman is likely still in United States Anti-Doping Agency’s testing pool, whereas Cejudo may not be.

He told The Schmo: “I don’t know the answer to this, but Cejudo probably dropped out of the USADA testing pool and Conor’s still probably in it.”

Fighters are required to be tested both in and out of competition with USADA unless they are retired.

Should an athlete plan to make a comeback, they are subjected to six months worth of testing before being cleared to compete.

The UFC can be granted an exemption to the six-month written notice rule in exceptional circumstances.

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But after WWE star Brock Lesnar made a sudden fighting return in 2016, he was allowed just a three month testing period.

Lesnar eventually tested positive for estrogen blocker clomiphene in both his pre and post-fight drug tests.

His win against Mark Hunt – who filled an unsuccessful lawsuit against the heavyweight and UFC – was overturned to a no-contest.

McGregor is free to return whenever he pleases, but White has warned it will not be until next year.

The former two-division champion was left frustrated in coronavirus lockdown, a period in which Justin Gaethje, 31, leaped above him in the title picture.

Gaethje won the interim belt and set up a unification against Khabib Nurmagomedov, 31, in October.

McGregor was promised the winner of that fight, but will be left with no time to make a triumphant return before the year’s out.

White told Barstool Sports: “This year, he is retired. He doesn’t have a fight this year, and he won’t have a fight this year. 

“Conor McGregor will not fight in 2020.

“I’m not saying he won’t fight in 2021, but I’m telling you we don’t have a fight planned for him in 2021, but I guarantee he will not fight in 2020.”

UFC star Justin Gaethje says he will create a ‘zone of death’ to defeat undefeated lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Barcelona ‘poised to make one final effort to sign Lautaro Martinez’

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Barcelona ‘are primed to make one final effort to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan’ after player sales freed up funds.

Inter have not budged from their £90million valuation of the 23-year-old Argentine forward all summer.

That has proved prohibitive for Barcelona, whose finances have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barcelona 'will make one final attempt' to sign Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez from Inter

Barcelona 'will make one final attempt' to sign Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez from Inter

Barcelona ‘will make one final attempt’ to sign Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez from Inter

Martinez, pictured after Inter's Europa League final loss, is valued by the Italian club at £90m

Martinez, pictured after Inter's Europa League final loss, is valued by the Italian club at £90m

Martinez, pictured after Inter’s Europa League final loss, is valued by the Italian club at £90m

But, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, the departures of Arturo Vidal, Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez in recent days has allowed one last push.

The money raised from selling these three players, plus Arthur Melo and Ivan Rakitic, has enabled them to make a final offer for Martinez.

Marca say that around £64m has been cut from Barcelona’s wage bill to accommodate Martinez’s salary.

However, Barcelona know that if they meet Inter’s asking price, they won’t be able to strengthen in other areas prior to the deadline of October 5.

Ideally, Ronald Koeman would like to add depth at centre-back and right-back before the summer window closes.

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has overseen a revamp of the Barcelona squad

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has overseen a revamp of the Barcelona squad

New Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has overseen a revamp of the Barcelona squad

Dutch forward Memphis Depay, of Lyon, is Koeman's preferred attacking option

Dutch forward Memphis Depay, of Lyon, is Koeman's preferred attacking option

Dutch forward Memphis Depay, of Lyon, is Koeman’s preferred attacking option

Luis Suarez became the latest player to depart Barcelona after he joined Atletico Madrid

Luis Suarez became the latest player to depart Barcelona after he joined Atletico Madrid

Luis Suarez became the latest player to depart Barcelona after he joined Atletico Madrid 

Koeman would prefer Memphis Depay to Martinez, while Girona striker Cristhian Stuani has emerged as another option in attack.

Barcelona will kick-off their LaLiga season at home to Villarreal this Sunday evening following a summer of upheaval.

Not only has Koeman replaced Quique Setien as manager in the wake of their humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich, but the squad has been revamped.

Several players have departed, including Arthur, who signed for Juventus in a swap deal with Miralem Pjanic, and Suarez, who joined Atletico Madrid for £5.5m this week.

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6am Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Jorginho shock interest, Lacazette SALE to fund Aouar, Partey and Torreira UPDATE

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ARSENAL’s transfer window continues at pace with midfield stars Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey the top targets for Emirates chiefs.

But Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira could be heading for the exit door as the Gunners look to cash in.

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6am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Edouard Mendy DONE DEAL, Rice LATEST, Jorginho to Arsenal, Rudiger to PSG

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CHELSEA wrapped up a 6-0 win over Barnsley as Kai Havertz made a huge statement with a brilliant hat-trick.

And there was more good news for the Blues as Edouard Mendy signed a contract, with an announcement set for the morning.

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