Fabricio Werdum Suspended 2 Years by USADA After Positive Drug Test

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will not be eligible to compete again until 2020 after testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has been suspended two years by USADA after testing positive for steroids.

USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), who oversees the UFC’s anti-doping program, confirmed the news in a statement on Tuesday.

According to USADA officials, Werdume tested positive for Trenbolone and its metabolite epitrendbolone — an anabolic steroid — following an out of competition drug test administered on April 25, 2018

“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,” USADA officials wrote.

That means Werdum won’t be eligible to compete again until May 2020 when he is 43 years old.

Werdum was originally scheduled to headline this weekend’s UFC card in Russia against fellow submission specialist Alexei Oleinik until the positive drug test forced him out of the event.

Werdum put out a statement afterwards claiming that he was already working to sort out the situation after one of his drug testing samples was flagged.

“I am working with my team, the UFC and USADA to understand what happened,” Werdum wrote on Instagram. “I’ve always been careful with everything I take and I’ve always supported a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding and I hope soon to be able to go back to the Octagon and do what I love.”

Now Werdum will be sidelined for the next two years after receiving his suspension from USADA on Tuesday.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.