The sad end of Fabricio Werdum?

Former UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum has received a two-year suspension for testing positive for a prohibited substance stemming from an out of competition urine test which took place on 25th April of this year.

As per the USADA announcement, Werdum tested positive for Trenbolone (often referred to as Trenabol) which is 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.

For this offence which is a first for the former champ, he will receive the standard two-year suspension. This suspension will begin from the date of his provisional suspension which was imposed on 22nd May making the nearest date of the return for Werdum pushing into May 2020. Providing there are no further failed tests as UFC athletes are required to remain available for USADA testing throughout any period of ineligibility brought on by a breach of the anti-doping policy.

As of present there has been no word from Werdum on the matter but suggested after his provisional suspension that there had been a misunderstanding and that in partnership with USADA they would find the cause to this failed test.

This does leave Werdum in a bit of a predicament, with a return date of 2020 putting the veteran close to 43 years old which I would expect is not the prime age for making a return to the cage, even in an aged heavyweight division. Previous to this suspension Werdum had been provisionally scheduled to take on Aleksei Olienik at UFC Moscow this coming weekend but it has since been filled by the Super Samoan Mark Hunt.

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