Yoel Romero to file arbitration case with USADA

Yoel Romero

Yoel Romero is standing his ground. The UFC middleweight contender is affirming his innocence after testing positive for banned substances, which resulted in failing an out-of-competition drug test back in December.

Romero and his legal team have claimed that the UFC middleweight took a dietary supplement that unknowingly was tainted with banned substances.

MMA Fighting reports that Romero’s team was in talks with USADA for a nine-month suspension. However, Romero has opted to go to arbitration and could risk getting suspended for two years, or could get off with just a public warning.

A hearing date for Romero’s arbitration case has not been set.