Middleweight UFC fighter Yoel Romero may be the latest target of the USADA's recent moves to rid the entire promotion of illegal substances: specifically steroids.
Here's the statement regarding the fighter's interaction with the USADA:
“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 is currently ranked #2 in the division (just below recently de-throned Chris Weidman), and was likely next in line for a crack at the title.
Despite that prestige, nobody seems all that surprised by the bust.
Tim Kennedy suffered a defeat at the hands of Romero in 2014, and he was one of many to comment on the matter. Here's what he told MMAJunkie:
“He cheats in the cage, and he cheats out of it. Zero surprise in the end. I feel bad for ‘Jacare.’”
But he wasn't the only one... Kennedy wasn't so kind via Twitter. In fact, he went off:
Here was the official statement from the UFC, courtesy of a Tweet by Dave Sholler:
This issue isn't taken lightly in the fighting world... or any sport for that matter:
Michael Bisping wasn't too happy either...
Derek Brunson weighed in as well:
I loved this revealing post...
Chris Weidman commented:
Luke Rockhold probably said it best, though: