Paulo Costa’s bout with Yoel Romero wasn’t as of Costa testing positive for a prohibited substance, since Romero had initially asserted.
Romero and Costa were initially expected to match the UFC on ESPN 3 major event on April 27 in Florida. The bout had been cancelled a limited time afterwards it became public, and then Romero had been rebooked to headline the card in a rematch using Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
A small amount of time following the live interview, Romero strove to predominate in their own comments, telling ESPN that he had just learned that Costa had tested positive, maybe not that he knew it for a truth.
Costa’so boss, former fighter Walid Ismail, later told MMAJunkie in no unclear terms that Costa had not tested positive for anything, though he declined to supply any further explanation regarding the reasons the bout with Romero had been cancelled.
In an interview with Brazilian outlet Tatame, Costa additionally denied having failed a drug test, saying, “I’m also the Brazilian UFC fighter who gets analyzed the most by USADA. I never neglected (a drug evaluation ), and that I didn’t this moment. ”
Costa also indicated that the rationale supporting the blackout could be disclosed in due time, but also declined to offer any further explanation right now.
Though he currently sits in No. 7 in the official UFC middleweight ranks, Costa sports a pristine 12-0 record. He is 4-0 beneath the UFC banner knocked out all of his opponents from the Octagon. Costa last fought UFC 226 last July, where he TKO’d Uriah Hall mid way during the second round.