Top-ranked UFC middleweight contender, Yoel Romero seems to have gone and turned the ultimate negative into the ultimate positive.
The Cuban Olympic silver medalist in wrestling found himself under investigation by USADA in January 2016 which led to a six-month suspension from what was the result of tainted supplement usage. Following the incident, Romero went ahead a filed a lawsuit against the company that provided him with the supplement.
Fast forward to today and ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has reported that ‘The Soldier of God’ has won his case against the supplement company and is now quite the wealthy man.
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“Yoel Romero, as I reported a few weeks ago, was suing Gold Star Performance Products for that failed drug test that he had several years ago,” Helwani said. “It ended up coming out as a contaminated supplement. I was told by his manager, Abraham Kawa that in New Jersey earlier today they won their case against Gold Star Performance Products and this is what he wrote to me, ‘$27.45M is the total Yoel was awarded. $3M for lost wages, $3M for reputable harm, $3M for emotional damage. Multiply that times three for the state of New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.’
“So $27.45M was just awarded to Yoel Romero. And that courtesy of Abraham Kawa and his lawyer Howard Jacobs who’s one of the best when it comes to these kinds of cases. I just asked him a follow-up question; if Yoel actually gets all that money. He just wrote ‘Yes, minus legal fees.'”
In addition to the news, Romero’s manager Abraham Kawa quickly shared on Twitter that “The money is secondary to clearing Yoel Romero’s name.”
For the 42-year old middleweight mainstay in Romero, he’s set to take on rising undefeated Brazilian prospect, Paulo Costa at UFC 241 on August 17 in Anaheim, California. The two have been matched up several times before in the past with the fight falling through for one reason or another.
It will be Romero’s first fight since suffering a split decision loss to the undisputed champion, Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 in June 2018.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/28/2019