With news coming out Tuesday that former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will be suspended for two years, it is very likely that we have seen the last of him inside the Octagon.
Werdum tested positive for a banned substance earlier this year ahead of a planned fight with Aleksei Oleinik that would have taken place this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 136. The 41-year-old was found to have the anabolic steroid trenbolone and metabolite epitrenbolone in his urine test during an out-of-competition sample.
Any chance of the Brazilian fighting inside the Octagon now will have to wait until 2020, meaning he will be approaching his 43rd birthday in July when his suspension ends in May of that year.
Werdum has already expanded his own portfolio, working UFC coverage for the Spanish broadcast along with working with fighters at Kings MMA and his own school in California.
His last victory came in late 2017 when he downed Marcin Tybura, as Alexander Volkov scored a fourth round knockout over him in March.
Werdum will be known for his 2015 submission of Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 with a guillotine choke to become champion. However, he didn’t fight again until the next year when he was knocked out by Stipe Miocic in his home country.
Since that time, Werdum has gone 3-2 with wins over Tybura, Walt Harris and Travis Browne around the loss to Volkov and Alistair Overeem.
If this is it for Werdum, we’ll never forget his memorable Strikeforce bouts – both good and bad – starting in with a 2010 submission of Fedor Emelianenko when he secured a triangle armbar that forced “The Last Emperor” to tap, ending his 28-fight unbeaten streak.
At the same time, though, his next bout with Overeem in Strikeforce was widely criticized for his lack of engaging. Instead of standing and trading with Overeem, Werdum spent much of the match laying on the canvas, trying to sucker him into a submission game.
USADA Statement On Fabricio Werdum
USADA announced Tuesday 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.