The US Anti-Doping Policy is very strict when it comes to violation and the latest to come under fire of US Anti-Doping Policy is Yoel Romero.
UFC officials announced on Tuesday that Romero will be investigated for a “potential Anti-Doping Policy violation” resulting from an out-of-competition USADA drug test.
The UFC official statement reads: “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.”
As MMA Fighting reports, Cuban born Romero aged 38, was the front contender for his next title shot against UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold after defeating Ronaldo Souza via controversial split decision in a No 1 contender fight at UFC 194 on December 12 last year.
Romero’s manager, Malki Kawa, issued a statement to MMA Fighting saying: “We are gathering information and will have no further comment at this time.”
Romero who is an Olympic silver medallist wrestler and trains out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, FL, is the second fighter from ATT over the past two months to come under fire due to USADA violations, following Gleison Tibau.
Romero also holds an undefeated 7-0 record inside the UFC.
However, official confirmation regarding Romero’s rumoured fight with Rockhold is quite indecisive now because Chris Weidman who lost his UFC middleweight belt to Rockhold at UFC 194 has already called for an immediate rematch with him.
“That’s the fight I want,” Weidman said Monday on The MMA Hour as reported by MMA Fighting.
“I’d say that’s the fight I deserve, and that would be the biggest fight of my life. That trumps my Anderson Silva fights. That trumps my Lyoto Machida, my Vitor (Belfort) fights. It trumps everything. That’s the biggest fight of my life. I’m going to be a completely different animal, motivated more than ever, and I’m going to go repay him for what he did to me. No personal vendetta. No emotion. Just competitively, just go out there and just completely demolish him.”
Infact, Weidman has already started his training to fight against Rockhold: “That’s all I’m focused on,” Weidman said. Right now, I’m training already. I’m just so hungry and determined and the only face I see is Luke Rockhold’s.”