UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero flagged for anti-doping violation by USADA in out of competition test

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Yoel Romero (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today)

UFC middleweight Yoel Romero has been notified of a potential violation of the UFC and USADA anti-doping policy. Romero was flagged from an out of competition test conducted days after his UFC 194 victory over Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

The UFC released a statement on Tuesday regarding the test, though no further information is yet available on the nature of the violation.

Here’s the UFC’s statement:

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.

Romero’s split decision victory had him lined up as a potential challenger for Luke Rockhold’s Middleweight Championship, but he’s going to be out of the running for that shot given this result.

Penick’s Analysis: Yet another drug test failure in the middleweight division. The top ten of this field has been absolutely plagued by drug issues, and this blows up the mix once more. We don’t know what substance he’s tested positive for just yet, and he’s got rights to appeal their findings should he choose to contest the result. We’ll be able to comment more once we have more information, but for now he’s been knocked out of the title mix.

[Photo (c) Gary A. Vasquez via USA Today Sports]

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