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Midnight Mania! Paulo Costa drug tested by USADA more than any other fighter in 2019

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There is not an exact method to United States Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) madness. When choosing which fighter to drug test and how often, the organization relies on what has been called the “smell test,” which is to say, they look for athletes that appear suspicion for whatever reason (sudden growth, massive muscles, certain physiques etc.) and then test the hell out of ‘em.

One such athlete is rising Middleweight contender Paulo Costa. “Borrachinha” is simply massive; he looks as much like a powerlifter as he does combat sports athlete. The man’s upper body is insanely built for such a cardio-intensive sport, yet he maintains a brutal pace that tends to overwhelm his opposition. Worse still, Costa recently tore his bicep, an injury made more common when abusing performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

USADA smells something, but as of yet, we cannot fault the athlete. Having filled 14 cups with urine and 14 vials of blood, Costa is the most tested fighter of the year, and nothing has turned up.

Interestingly, Costa’s recent opponent, Yoel Romero, is just behind him with 13 tests in 2019. Both men are in the immediate title hunt at 185 lbs., which means they’ll likely receive even more attention from USADA and fans alike.


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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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