UFC middleweight fighter Yoel Romero had the last laugh after he won a legal battle against a supplement firm that was behind his failed drug test three years ago.
In 2016, the Cuban hulk was flagged with an anti-doping violation after testing positive to a banned substance called Ibutamoren.
The United States Anti-doping Violation Agency initially served Romero with a nine-month suspension.
But the UFC’s anti-doping partner reduced Romero’s fighting ban to six months after he vowed to bring the case to arbitration, where he could potentially face maximum fighting suspension of two years.
Romero waged another battle in January 2018 as he officially filed a legal case against Gold Star Performance, who supplied the product that contained the performance-enhancing substance.
After more than a year, he has now reaped the fruits of his efforts as he was reportedly awarded more than $27 million by the New Jersey court in the tainted supplement lawsuit.
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Legal And Moral Victory
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani provided the report on Tuesday and gave major details on Romero’s win.
“$27.45 million is the total Yoel was awarded — $3 million for lost wages, $3 million for reputable harm, $3 million for emotional damage … multiplied that times three for the state of New Jersey’ Consumer Fraud Act.’ “
The middleweight contender immediately took to Twitter to react to the news, saying “God is always good” while thanking his manager, Abraham Kawa.
Aside from scoring a legal win, it was also a moral victory for Romero, who has been criticised by fans and his UFC rivals since failing a drug test in 2016.
The 41-year old Romero is currently holding a 9-2 win-loss record in the UFC.
He last fought in the cage in June of 2018, when he, along with middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, delivered a fight for the ages.
When the smoke cleared, Romero came up short in the scorecards and lost via split decision.
His most recent win was against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221.
They’ll finally settle it in Anaheim!!
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Clash of Middleweight Hulks
According to multiple reports, Romero has verbally agreed to fight Paulo Costa at UFC 241, which will take place in Anaheim, California this August.
His MMA manager, Kawa, issued a statement about the reports and hopes that the middleweight fight will come to light this time.
Kawa also shared that Romero is in better shape right now as he aims to win the 185-pound championship.
“We’ve been offered this fight four times now,” Kawa told ESPN.
“We’ve now accepted it four times. We couldn’t fight all three previous times because Costa was suspended. We’re hoping there are no suspensions this time and we can actually fight.”
“Yoel is a man on a mission. He wants to win that belt. He is rejuvenated and feels better than ever.”
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