Another former champion recently fell victim to good ol’ USADA. This time it was a heavyweight legend and Brazilian icon.
That man being none other than Fabricio Werdum.
Werdum was initially supposed to be one half of this weekend’s UFC Moscow headliner but was notified that he had tested positive just a day after the fight with Alexey Oleynik had been made.
USADA has now come down with the suspension for Werdum which will be for a two-year period as stated in the official release below.
“USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Fabricio Werdum, of Redondo Beach, Calif., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and received a two-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.
Werdum, 41, tested positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25, 2018. Trenbolone is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.
Werdum’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a first offense involving a non-Specified Substance, began on May 22, 2018, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.
Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to continue to make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under their sanction.”
Since losing his heavyweight crown to Stipe Miocic in 2016, Werdum has gone 3-2 with his only losses coming to top contenders in Alistair Overeem and his last fight with Alexander Volkov.
Already past the age of 40, it will be interesting to see if Werdum will attempt to make a comeback after this suspension is over.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/11/2018