Former Champ Fabricio Werdum Flagged for Potential Doping Violation by USADA

Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has been flagged for a potential violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy by USADA.

Former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has been flagged for a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy by USADA.

UFC officials announced the news on Tuesday.

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Fabricio Werdum of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on April 25, 2018,” UFC officials wrote in a statement.

Werdum has been provisionally suspended pending the outcome of his case with USADA as all fighters are afforded an adjudication process after a drug test is flagged.

Unfortunately the timing couldn’t be any worse for Werdum, who just signed on to face Alexey Oleynik in the main event at the UFC’s upcoming debut card in Russia on Sept. 15.

While the bout hadn’t been announced by the UFC, sources confirmed that both fighters were on board for the matchup that was set to take place in Moscow.

Now with Werdum under suspension until his situation with USADA is rectified, it’s tough to say if the UFC will allow him time to resolve the issue or just move another fight into that main event slot.

Werdum could also face potential sanctions as a result of the doping violation that could keep him out of action even longer.

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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.
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