Yoel Romero receives shortened six-month suspension
<p>Following the <a href="http://roughcopy.com/news/usada-informs-yoel-romero-potential-anti-doping-policy-violation">failure of a performance-enhancing drug test</a>, Yoel Romero proved his innocence to USADA and received a shortened suspension in return.</p>
<p>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 <a href="http://roughcopy.com/news/usada-informs-yoel-romero-potential-anti-doping-policy-violation">denied allegations of taking PEDs,</a> claiming that one of his supplements may have been tainted with unlabeled ingredients and subsequently filed for an appeal.</p>
<p>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 <a href="http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2016/4/4/11362164/ufc-yoel-romero-vs-usada-suspension-drug-test-steroid-allegations-mma-news">six months as opposed to the normal two years</a>. The suspension takes action in January meaning that Romero will be able to compete again in July.</p>
<p>Romero released <a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/4/4/11364368/yoel-romero-gets-six-month-suspension-from-usada-for-failing-drug">a statement to MMAFighting.com</a> which can be read below.</p>
<p><em>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</em></p>
<p>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.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.