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Ex-UFC champ Fabricio Werdum gets two-year USADA ban for failed drug test

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum tested positive for a banned substance back in April 2018, and now he won’t be able to return to UFC competition until 2020.

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Fabricio Werdum
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Bad news has come for former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.

Following an out-of-competition drug test back in April 2018, the 41-year-old tested positive for “trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone,” per an official ruling by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Furthermore, because of the policy violation, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has received a two-year ban.

Werdum’s ineligibility period started back on May 22, 2018, the date of his provisional suspension. According to the UFC’s anti-doping policy, trenbolone is prohibited at all times since it’s an Anabolic Agent. Although Fabricio already received his suspension, he will still be eligible for future tests, which is the norm for all athletes who violate said rules.

The test occurred less than two months after Werdum’s last UFC fight, which took place on March 17th. Werdum took on Alexander Volkov in the UFC London main event, losing the bout via knockout in the fourth round. The defeat snapped a two-fight winning streak for the Brazilian, who had wins over Walt Harris and Marcin Tybura. Before his failed drug test, Werdum was targeted to fight Aleksei Oleinik in this Saturday’s UFC Moscow main event, but now Oleinik will take on Mark Hunt.

Fabricio Werdum (23-8-1) is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights in MMA history, with wins over many notable names of the division, such as Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Cain Velasquez, Mark Hunt, and Alistair Overeem. Now he’s under suspension for the rest of the decade.