Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum, who for the past few years has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight for overseas- or moderately important fights, has been suspended for two years by USADA.
It seems the jiu-jitsu master and part-time boomerang throwing tested positive for an anabolic steroid (and not even one that’s good for combat sports – it’s used by bodybuilders!). So homeboy is one ice for the next two years.
Here’s the official statement from USADA:
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.
When last we saw Werdum, he was getting knocked out by Alexander Volkov back in March. But prior to that he was beating scrubs like Marcin Tybura and Walt Harris, so he was definitely doing his thing in the division.
By the time Werdum’s suspension is up, he’ll be 43-years old. Which is perfect if he wants to fight in Bellator. For the UFC… not so much.