Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa in the Works for UFC 241 in August

A long awaited middleweight showdown between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa is in the works for UFC 241 on Aug. 17 in Anaheim, Calif. Sources close to the contest confirmed the news on Tuesday following an initial report from ESPN. Romero and Costa have d…

A long awaited middleweight showdown between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa is in the works for UFC 241 on Aug. 17 in Anaheim, Calif. Sources close to the contest confirmed the news on Tuesday following an initial report from ESPN. Romero and Costa have danced around fighting each other for several months but injuries and […]

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Twitter Reacts To Paulo Costa’s USADA Suspension

Earlier today (Fri., April 26, 2019) it was announced that UFC middleweight competitor Paulo Costa had received a six-month ban from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The suspension came after Costa used an IV prior to his UFC 212 win over Oluwale Bamgbose. He also apparently used one before his fight with Johny Hendricks […]

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Earlier today (Fri., April 26, 2019) it was announced that UFC middleweight competitor Paulo Costa had received a six-month ban from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

The suspension came after Costa used an IV prior to his UFC 212 win over Oluwale Bamgbose. He also apparently used one before his fight with Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 in November 2017. However, the retroactive suspension expired in February, so he’s eligible to return to action as of right now.

Initially, Costa was scheduled to face Yoel Romero at tomorrow’s UFC Ft. Lauderdale event. However, both men have since been removed from the card due to different issues. Check out how the mixed martial arts (MMA) media reacted to Costa’s suspension here:

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Paulo Costa Accepts Six-Month USADA Sanction

Paulo Costa has been sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Costa was initially set to take on Yoel Romero at UFC Fort Lauderdale tomorrow night (April 27). Costa pulled out and Romero claims he heard it was due to an anti-doping violation….

Paulo Costa has been sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Costa was initially set to take on Yoel Romero at UFC Fort Lauderdale tomorrow night (April 27). Costa pulled out and Romero claims he heard it was due to an anti-doping violation. Costa denied using steroids and said the culprit was stomach medication. USADA […]

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Novitzky: Paulo Costa Case Still Being Evaluated By USADA

Paulo Costa was recently fined by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) for an undisclosed violation. USADA is now looking into the matter. It may or may not bode well for “Borrachinha,” who said that the result was triggered by his use of a stomach medication before a 2017 fight. In a recent interview […]

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Paulo Costa was recently fined by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) for an undisclosed violation. USADA is now looking into the matter.

It may or may not bode well for “Borrachinha,” who said that the result was triggered by his use of a stomach medication before a 2017 fight.

In a recent interview with the UFC Unfiltered podcast, UFC vice president of athlete health and performance Jeff Novitzky did indeed confirm USADA’s interest in the Costa case. But he refused to comment any further on the matter (via MMAFighting):

“I don’t have any comment on that,” Novitzky said. “My understanding is that New York has issued him a fine or a sanction and that USADA is still evaluating this. It’s not until cases are adjudicated and resolved that we comment on them. So I’m not gonna comment on that one right now.”

Earlier this month the NYSAC handed Costa a $9,333.33 fine despite the Brazilian not competing there since ending Johny Hendricks UFC back in November of 2017.

Costa’s Story

Costa has denied using banned substances all along and said he did not fail a drug test. He told the Brazilian website Combate that he used the stomach medication Plasil in 2017, which led to the NYSAC sanction.

“[Romero] came back from a reality show and could finally sign the contract,” Costa told Combate. “(But) on the same week the New York Athletic Commission asked me to talk about a stomach medication I had used.

”And they said: ‘For you to talk about this, unfortunately, you won’t be able to fight. You will be ineligible for this fight because you have to notify us about what you used for your stomach.’ It was a simple medication, Plasil. That’s not doping. You take it when you have stomach pain. So, because of that, I didn’t understand it too, but they said I couldn’t fight, that I had to figure this out first.”

Costa is one of the most promising middleweight prospects. Boasting a record of 12-0, “Borrachinha” has looked unbeatable at times.

This UFC Fort Lauderdale card has changed a lot due to Costa’s subsequent removal. In the end, however, we get an exciting middleweight main event in Jacare Souza vs. Jack Hermansson.

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UFC’s Paulo Costa: I Never Used Steroids In My Life

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Paulo Costa denies ever taking performance enhancing drugs. Costa was scheduled to take on Yoel Romero on April 27. Costa was pulled due to unknown reasons. Romero claimed he heard Costa’s removal…

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight Paulo Costa denies ever taking performance enhancing drugs. Costa was scheduled to take on Yoel Romero on April 27. Costa was pulled due to unknown reasons. Romero claimed he heard Costa’s removal from the card was an issue with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Romero, himself, ended up being scrapped […]

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Israel Adesanya Blasts Jon Jones, Responds To Paulo Costa

Israel Adesanya is well aware of comments from Jon Jones and Paulo Costa following UFC 236. Adesanya became the interim UFC middleweight champion this past Saturday night (April 13). “The Last Stylebender” engaged in a five-round war with K…

Israel Adesanya is well aware of comments from Jon Jones and Paulo Costa following UFC 236. Adesanya became the interim UFC middleweight champion this past Saturday night (April 13). “The Last Stylebender” engaged in a five-round war with Kelvin Gastelum. In the end, Adesanya captured the 185-pound gold via unanimous decision. Adesanya Responds To Jones […]

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