Following the failure of a performance-enhancing drug test, Yoel Romero proved his innocence to USADA and received a shortened suspension in return.
In January, the UFC was notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping policy violation by Yoel Romero due to a failed drug test. The Olympic silver-medalist denied allegations of taking PEDs, claiming that one of his supplements may have been tainted with unlabeled ingredients and subsequently filed for an appeal.
After further investigations into the supplement, USADA concluded that it was indeed contaminated with illegal ingredients that aren’t listed. As a result, Romero received a shorter suspension term of six months as opposed to the normal two years. The suspension takes action in January meaning that Romero will be able to compete again in July.
Romero released a statement to MMAFighting.com which can be read below.
I would like to thank my family, friends, teammates and fans for sticking by me through this ordeal. With that said, yesterday I agreed to a sanction of 6 months suspension for taking a supplement 5 days after my last win that USADA has confirmed was indeed tainted. My management team and I will be pursuing legal action against the supplement company within the next few weeks. For those of you that believed me, I thank you. For the ones that didn't, I hope I have given you a reason to believe in hard work. As for the ones that tried to ruin my name, we will meet very soon. #ynuevo
Romero is coming off of a split-decision victory over ‘Jacare’ Souza at UFC 194 which, in many people’s eyes, puts him in line for a title shot.