Yoel Romero (38), the UFC Middleweight Fighter set to be the next to fight for Middleweight Title, is now under scrutiny for a possible drug violation. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency had collected an out of competition sample from Romero which they claim which may show signs of performance enhancing drugs. Romero’s manager, Malki Kawa, released a statement to MMA Fighting; “We are gathering information and will have no further comment at this time.” The UFC in the meantime, has also released a statement concerning the matter.
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed Yoel Romero of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Romero. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Romero is a former Olympic Silver Medalist in Freestyle Wrestling who trains out of American Top Team at Coconut Creek, FL. Romero won a controversial split-decision against Jacare Souza to become the the number one contender to fight champion Luke Rockhold. Romero has been a subject of controversy before for accusations of other forms cheating in previous fights. Romero’s team was accused of intentionally delaying the break before Round 3 in the fight against Tim Kennedy, who staggered Romero badly in Round 2 before Romero knocked out Kennedy in the third. Romero was also warned for fence grabbing in the fight against Souza. Did Romero break the rules again? Only time will tell.