The UFC middleweight contender was handed a six-month suspension by USADA when he failed an out of competition drug test in early 2016. Romero tested positive for a substance called Ibutamoren, a growth hormone secretagogue.
After the suspension, many fight fans and some notable fighters like Michael Bisping and Chris Weidman bury Yoel Romero for a drug suspension, and even USADA was also convinced it was due to a tainted supplement.
No doubt Yoel Romero has a great physique, which he said is just a product of great genetics that all Cubans naturally have and it’s not a cheating.
Romero recently appeared on Joe Rogan’s MMA Show, where he was willing to prove a theory by inviting people over to his home country for them to personally see it:
“After (the failed drug test) happened, I’ve thought many times to invite people to come to Cuba for about 20 days,” Romero told Joe Rogan during a recent episode of the JRE MMA Show podcast (Quotes via Bloody Elbow).
“I wanted the people (to) see because the genetics of Cubans (are off the charts). And not (just) for the athletic people, normal (people as well). You need to see (all of it) with an open mind.”
Romero also argued that the use of performance-enhancing drugs are impractical because it cost a lot of money for athletes in Cuba.
“Do you know how much you need to pay for the steroids? Come on, man,” Romero said. “The people don’t have (the money).”