Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum is in trouble. So much so, in fact, that he cannot fight for two years.
“Ex-UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum gets two-year USADA ban for failed drug test,” reports SB Nation’s Bloody Elbow.
The ban means he can resume fighting on Mat 22, 2020. But by then, he will be 43 years old. Something tells he won’t have much of a career left when that time comes. An out-of-competition test back in April would reveal trenbolone in Werdum’s system. As it turns out, it would go down as the first offense of his career. Surely it’s no coincidence that the fighter is getting caught at the age of 41. Typically these things happen when fighters are trying to recover quickly from injuries.
It’s unfortunate, but not surprising.
Werdum is coming off a knockout loss to Alexander Volkov on March 17. But before that, he would win his previous two fights. Back in November in 2014, Werdum won the interim UFC Heavyweight championship. The following June, he won the unified belt. But he couldn’t defend it, dropping the belt to Stipe Miocic on May 14, 2016 — snapping his six-fight win streak in the process.
Set to take on Aleksei Oleinik Saturday night, fellow heavyweight Mark Hunt will take his place. Will we ever see Vai Cavalo in the UFC again?