Romero settles with USADA, receives 6 month suspension

April 4, 2016

Yoel Romero has settled on a 6-month suspension after the middleweight was flagged for a “potential Anti-Doping policy” violation stemming from his December fight with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

Romero, 38, indicated that he was going to appeal the two-year suspension suggested by USADA.  He claimed he took a contaminated supplement.  Romero tested for Ibutamoren on December 16, 2015.  Ibutamoren is a Human Growth Hormone Secretagogue.  In fact, the USADA release announcing the settlement states it was a “contaminated supplement.”

According to the UFC anti-doping program, an appeal would have been heard by a independent third party.  In this case, the USADA protocol designates McLaren Global Sports Solutions, Inc. of Toronto, Canada as the arbitrator for any appeal of findings.

Payout Perspective:

The settlement is favorable to Romero as he faced a two-year ban.  It’s an interesting settlement.  Certainly, Romero saves money by settling and not arbitrating the case.  A fighter that appeals a drug test must pay for his defense and the fee to appeal.  The 6 months is not a huge setback to Romero’s fight career since he’d probably need to wait that time to train for his next fight.  Thus far, no fighter has arbitrated a drug test since the UFC anti-doping program began last July.

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