3. Yoel Romero
Red hot middleweight contender Yoel “The Soldier of God” Romero has won seven consecutive UFC bouts including five by way of stoppage. During that stretch, he’s taken out some of the division’s top contenders such as Tim Kennedy, Lyoto Machida, and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The former Olympian has likely done enough to earn a title shot, but a failed drug test has slowed his hype.
Last January, “The Soldier of God” was notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation in which he blamed a contaminated supplement for. As it turned out, Romero’s team and USADA came to an agreement in April on a six-month suspension due to the contaminated supplement.
Although Romero lucked out in terms of receiving a shortened suspension, he likely missed out on a title shot, and will possibly have to take another fight or two when he returns despite already being deserving of a shot at gold.