Paulo Costa Fires Back At Yoel Romero: ‘I Never Doped Like Him’

The UFC has attempted to book a fight between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa on several occassions. Unfortunately, the promotion can’t catch a break with the match-up. However, there seems to be some personal animosity between the two 185-pound talents. Recently, Costa took to Instagram to fire a shot at “The Soldier Of God,” bringing […]

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The UFC has attempted to book a fight between Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa on several occassions.

Unfortunately, the promotion can’t catch a break with the match-up. However, there seems to be some personal animosity between the two 185-pound talents. Recently, Costa took to Instagram to fire a shot at “The Soldier Of God,” bringing up his past issues with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA):

“Increasing my luck daily. definitely my opponents will not be happy . Soon very good news and my next fight , Romero don’t knows what fuck shit he says. I’m not use steroids , I’m never doped like him .”

The UFC was hoping that Costa vs. Romero would take place at UFC Miami in April. However, that fight never came to fruition, with Romero claiming Costa tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). The Cuban powerhouse later retracted his statement and apologized, thus prompting Costa’s response.

Now, Romero is matched-up against former foe Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the UFC on ESPN 3 main event. The show goes down from BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida on April 27.

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Paulo Costa Hurls Doping Accusations At Yoel Romero

Paulo Costa doesn’t appreciate Yoel Romero saying things that he heard regarding their canceled bout. Costa and Romero were scheduled to meet on April 27 for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event in Florida. Costa was pulled from the card…

Paulo Costa doesn’t appreciate Yoel Romero saying things that he heard regarding their canceled bout. Costa and Romero were scheduled to meet on April 27 for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event in Florida. Costa was pulled from the card for unknown reasons. Romero said that he was hearing Costa failed a drug test. Costa […]

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UFC Middleweight Paulo Costa & Manager Deny Failed Drug Test

Paulo Costa has spoken out about rumors of a failed U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test. Costa was pulled from the UFC on ESPN 3 card and no explanation was given. The UFC wanted Costa to meet Yoel Romero, instead Romero vs. Jacare Souza II has b…

Paulo Costa has spoken out about rumors of a failed U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test. Costa was pulled from the UFC on ESPN 3 card and no explanation was given. The UFC wanted Costa to meet Yoel Romero, instead Romero vs. Jacare Souza II has been booked. Romero told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he […]

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Not So Fast: Yoel Romero Says Paulo Costa Failed USADA Drug Test, Then Retracts It

Yoel Romero said he heard fellow Brazilian Paulo Costa was popped by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA). But then he slowed his roll. The upcoming UFC on ESPN 3 in Miami was supposed to be headlined by a middleweight clash between Romero and Costa. However, as ESPN was the first to report last […]

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Yoel Romero said he heard fellow Brazilian Paulo Costa was popped by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA). But then he slowed his roll.

The upcoming UFC on ESPN 3 in Miami was supposed to be headlined by a middleweight clash between Romero and Costa. However, as ESPN was the first to report last week and later confirmed by UFC President Dana White, the new main event will feature Romero in a rematch against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

What Romero Heard

No reason was specifically given on why Costa was removed from the bout but earlier today on the “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” “The Soldier Of God” said he heard the reason was that Costa potentially failed a test administered by USADA.

“What I hear is Paulo Costa, he had a positive test for USADA,” Romero said. “That’s what happened. That’s what I heard. The UFC called my manager and said Paulo Costa is out because he is positive and they said, ”Jacare’ Souza’ (as an opponent)?’ I said OK.”

Romero stated that his manager had informed him on Costa’s failed test and that he would need to take a new opponent. He also said he didn’t know what the positive test was for.

Not So Fast

After his chat with Helwani, Romero reached back out the talk show host as to not convict someone in the court of public opinion. That is, Costa is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. (via Twitter)

Costa’s Comments

Neither Costa nor his team has issued a statement on the matter. However, the Brazilian website Tatame interviewed Costa days after his removal from the bout. There he said he didn’t need to dope to win:

“I’m the Brazilian UFC fighter who gets tested the most by USADA. I never failed (a doping test) and I didn’t this time,” Costa said. “I don’t need doping to get all the good results. I’ve been getting and to be regarded as the new Brazilian star in the sport like I am. I don’t need these things.”

The UFC has yet to officially comment on this matter.

UFC on ESPN 3 takes place April 27, 2019, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Flordia. The card airs on ESPN following early prelims on ESPN+.

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Yoel Romero Says He Heard Paulo Costa Failed USADA Test

Yoel Romero isn’t saying that Paulo Costa failed a drug test, but that’s what he’s hearing. Romero was initially pegged for a middleweight clash with Costa on April 27 at UFC on ESPN 3. The bout was never official and many pointed to …

Yoel Romero isn’t saying that Paulo Costa failed a drug test, but that’s what he’s hearing. Romero was initially pegged for a middleweight clash with Costa on April 27 at UFC on ESPN 3. The bout was never official and many pointed to Romero’s time as a contestant on a reality show as the reason. […]

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Antonio Carlos Junior Calls Out Newly Freed Paulo Costa

With Paulo Costa suddenly becoming available following the announcement of Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa, Costa has a very willing replacement eager to take Romero’s place, that being #12-ranked middleweight Antonio Carlos Junior: “I’d love to fight him,…

With Paulo Costa suddenly becoming available following the announcement of Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa, Costa has a very willing replacement eager to take Romero’s place, that being #12-ranked middleweight Antonio Carlos Junior: “I’d love to fight him,” Carlos Junior told MMAjunkie. “We’re both Brazilians. We both have some issues we need to solve. We […]

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