Former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum has been suspended for 2 years by USADA for violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy. Werdum tested positive for the anabolic steroid trenbalone in an out-of-competition drug test administered on April 25.
Werdum(23-8-1 MMA) won the heavyweight title at UFC 188 by submitting Cain Velasquez to unify an interim belt he won with a knockout over Mark Hunt. In his first defense at UFC 198, Werdum was knocked out by Stipe Miocic.
Werdum was originally set to fight Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Fight Night 136, but was removed from the fight following the failed test and replaced by Mark Hunt, who will fight Oleinik in Moscow this weekend as the main event of Fight Night 136.
Werdum last fought in March in a bout that saw him get knocked out by ex-Bellator champ Alexander Volkov.
Werdum’s suspension is retroactive to May 22, the date he was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation. He will be eligible to fight on May 22, 2020.