Yoel Romero is Almost $30 Million Richer After a Court Ruled That His USADA Suspension Was Unjust…
‘The Soldier of God’ has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a failed drug test from 2016 was irrevocably proven to have come from a tainted supplement. Not only that, but he’s earned a ludicrous amount of money, walking away with almost $30 million.
Way back in 2016, Yoel Romero was informed by the UFC’s anti-doping partner USADA that he had tested positive for the banned substance Ibutamoren. This resulted in a six-month suspension, with the maximum penalty two years. All along Romero protested his innocence.
Now his vehement denial has earned him more money than most MMA fighters will ever see. He was awarded $27.5 million after his successful legal action. It turns out that God is definitely great.
Romero’s agent Abraham Kawa released a statement on social media. He made it clear that Romero protested his innocence all along and that they were going to fight it all the way. They did and now his pockets are full of more dollars than he’d ever earn in the cage at his age. Kawa wrote:
“He looked me in the eyes and said “ Ibra! I don’t do nothing! “ I told him I’d fight with him all the way through. Today we won and we won big, sure $27.45mil is a lot of money and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. That was not what we expected going into this thing but as I told @yoelromeromma after, God is always good and always on time! So we stopped and he got himself a watch before we headed back home #frm”
— Peoples Champ (@YoelRomeroMMA) May 28, 2019
According to Romero’s team, which includes attorney Howard Jacobs and Kawa, the breakdown of the damages was roughly $3 million for lost wages, $3 million for reputable harm and $3 million for emotional damage. The damages triple when a company is “found out to have committed consumer fraud,” per the New Jersey “Consumer Fraud Act.”
The Cuban fighter is set to take on Brazil’s Paulo Costa at UFC 241 on August 17. You wouldn’t blame him for walking away into the sunset though. Everything he earns from now on will be chump change compared to the money he’s just made.
As soon as fans and fellow fighters hear the words ‘tested positive’ legacies get tarnished irrevocably. Just look at Jon Jones’s situation. He passionately denies any wrongdoing, which of course may be true. However, his career will always have an asterisk beside it because of those picograms.
Of course, some fighters deserve the outrage that they receive. Blatant cheaters like TJ Dillashaw should get the book thrown at them. Cheating in MMA isn’t like trying to get an advantage in football. Fighters are legitimately trying to hurt each other and trying to get a physical and unnatural advantage is disgusting.