Middleweight contender Paulo Costa has been handed a six month suspension by USADA after the discovery of illegal usage of IVs.
Although it’s important to note that the suspension is retroactive to last August, making him eligible to fight as soon as he wishes.
There was quite a bit left unclear after Costa’s showdown with his fellow middleweight powerhouse Yoel Romero fell apart after the Brazilian was pulled from the fight due to some issues with USADA.
Despite several others within the division making their suspicions clear – including interim-champ Israel Adesanya – Costa has insisted that he has never once taken PED’s.
This latest development from USADA would appear to support that claim.
According to USADA, Costa was found to have ingested several permitted substances through the help of an IV – which included a saline solution and a stomach medication.
He accepted the ban from the anti-doping agency – which was then shortened “based on substantial assistance the Costas provided to USADA”. (via Bloody Elbow)
Last seen in action scoring a brutal TKO of Uriah Hall in July of last year, fans will at least be able to take some comfort in the fact that the confusion that surrounded one of the top rising talents in the 185lb division has been put to rest.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena