Yoel Romero is the latest fighter to get popped for PEDs by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Yesterday, the UFC released an official statement on Romero’s potential violation of the anti-doping policy from an out-of-competition drug test. ‘Out-of-competition’ refers to any time period other than 12 hours ahead of the fight until the end of the fight, which is when the ‘in-competition’ sample is collected. Rumors have emerged that the potential violation was due to the presence of a peptide hormone that increases testosterone production.
The UFC’s official statement can be read below:
"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."
The Olympic silver medalist is coming off of a close split-decision victory over fellow middleweight contender ‘Jacaré’ Souza. Many believe that this victory made Romero the next in line for a shot at the middleweight title against recently crowned Luke Rockhold.