Yoel Romero got paid.
Back in 2016, Romero failed and out-of-competition USADA drug test for a substance called Ibutamoren, a growth hormone stimulate. Romero denied knowingly ingesting the banned substance, arguing that it came from a tainted supplement. USADA tested the supplement Romero took and found that it was indeed present despite not being listed on the label. As a result, Romero was only given a six-month ban from USADA.
That was not what Romero wanted though. After having his otherwise immaculate record tarnished (as an Olympic wrestler, Romero has been drug test arguably longer than any other competitor currently in the UFC), “The Soldier of God” was after a reckoning with the company that not only tainted their supplement but also tainted his good name. Now it appears he’s gotten it.
As first reported yesterday by ESPN, Romero won a lawsuit against Gold Star Performance Products in Middlesex (N.J.) County civil court. Romero filed the lawsuit in December of 2017 and as Gold Star never responded, Romero won a default judgment. Romero’s manager, Abe Kawa, has said that the judgment was for $27.45 million.
Whether Romero will actually see much of that is up for debate. Gold Star Performance Products has not communicated at all with the court which is never a good sign in legal matters. But even if he never sees a dime from them, Romero said he got what he wanted: vindication.
“I’m very happy,” Romero told ESPN. “It’s not about the money. I’m very happy now that everything is clean and more clear. You cannot live very well when you hear and you see when you post something [on social media] people reply ‘Soldier of Steroids.’ You cannot sleep very well. ... It’s very emotional and important, too, because I know I’ve never taken anything in my life.”
Romero last competed at UFC 225 in June of last year against Robert Whittaker in a would-be title fight (Romero missed weight) losing a very contentious split decision. He is now set to face Paulo Costa at UFC 241 on Aug. 17 in Anaheim, Calif.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
I Wont lie...— Olivier Aubin (@oliaubin) May 28, 2019
Im almost hoping that I will test positive now. pic.twitter.com/xxd45ETwhZ
Bartender I’ll have 2 of those contaminated supplements Yoel had . Thank you— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) May 29, 2019
Is this real??? How do I get some tainted supplements pic.twitter.com/qdiykxLLtl— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) May 29, 2019
How much damage equals 27 million ? I need me a tainted supplement and a good lawyer wtf man. Win a case and retire forever sail off into the sunset— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) May 29, 2019
Nate got a promo.
I've been waiting for @DomReyes to holla back for about 3 months. And just like females there's more fish in the sea. And there's 4 fish fighting in the next month and I'll take the winner of @AlexTheMauler vs @lionheartasmith or @JonnyBones / Santos. @danawhite I got next! #UFC— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) May 28, 2019
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So most will have some negative stuff to say but anyone who knows me knows this isn't the end but just the beginning!! Ive been at the top in this game and have hit rock bottom in this game, non of which has broken me or changed my mind on the end result. I'll be back to the @ufc at 135lb with more to prove then before!! But until then I'll let this shoulder heal and be back in the gym with a chip on my shoulder working harder then ever!! Got to scrap with some of the best in the world and show I belong amongst them but a few different judges and my journey could have been completely different but this is God's plan so stay tuned for my rebirth, ITS STILL SHOWTIME!! #allgloryGod #faith #UFC #illbeback #SHOWTIME #neverbeenstronger
This is absolutely disgusting and not something you should brag about doing.
ADCC 2017 going in had a terrible staph infection was on the verge of losing my leg but i said fuck it we taped it up and went to war ADCC 2019 i swear i’m coming for my gold pic.twitter.com/QJKtBq6pRb— Dillon Danis (@dillondanis) May 25, 2019
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2 years ago was the last time I fought in the cage, at UFC Globen in front of my loving fans. Today is the day I want to thank all my fans around the world for their amazing support I have had throughout my career. It is time for Maddog to put away the gloves and focus on other things in life! Of course my beautiful wife and my 2 amazing sons, but also the next chapter in my career, the coaching of new breed fighters. To share all things I have learned from my coaches and from my own career to the new upcoming talents. To all the customers that have put a trust in me to take care of their personal training. And of course many other exciting things which will present themselves. When I look back at my 13 year old career it makes me proud that I could get to the top of the chain and fight the best guys in the world. 20 pro fights and never finished, that is not only talent, but lot of heart and passion to always give my best and never give up! I would firstly like to thank my fans, without your support and love, none of this would have been worth it. I would also want to thank everyone of you who have helped me during my career, there are too many of you to thank one by one in this post, but you know who you are. I am thankful for the time you gave my, for the things you taught me. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it so far in my career. THANK YOU! Love and Respect from Maddog, the one and only! ❤️❤️❤️
Urijah Faber (34-10) vs. Ricky Simon (15-1); UFC Sacramento, July 13.
Fighters see the UFC sell for $4.2 billion: nothing. Fighters see Yoel get $27 million default judgment from a shady supplement company: let me get some of that action!.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
Does this legal win influence your opinion of Romero?
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Yes, he has been vindicated.
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