Yoel Romero suspended six months
Today, the U.S. Anti-Doping Association (USADA) handed down a six-month suspension to UFC middleweight Yoel Romero.
Romero tested positive for a banned substance after his UFC 194 split decision win over Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza.
The substance which came forth in the positive result was Ibutamoren which is a growth hormone.
Both Romero and his management claim that the botched sample was from tainted supplements.
“Romero’s period of ineligibility began on January 12, 2016, the date on which he was provisionally suspended from competition. Because USADA was able to confirm, based on a negative fight night test result, that Romero’s use of the contaminated supplement began after he competed at UFC 194 on December 12, 2015, his competitive results from that event were not disqualified.
‘This case clearly demonstrates some of the dangers inherent to supplement use,’ said USADA’s Special Advisor on Drugs and Supplements, Dr. Amy Eichner. ‘When considering whether to incorporate supplements into a training plan, it is vitally important that athletes exercise the upmost care in order to avoid making a decision that could endanger their eligibility, reputation or general health and wellness.’
Romero does not have a fight scheduled but will be able to compete as of July 12.