USADA: Fabricio Werdum suspended two years for steroid

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has been suspended for two years. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday announced Werdum’s punishment after an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25 revealed the steroid trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone. Trenbolone, a steroid marketed for veterinary and clinical uses, is a non-specified substance in the class of anabolic agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC’s anti-doping program. Werdum (23-8-1 MMA, 11-5 UFC), who was set to face Aleksei Oleinik (56-11-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 136, called his positive test “a misunderstanding” and said he was working with the UFC and USADA to find the source of the banned substance. A call to his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, wasn’t immediately returned. 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. It’s a devastating setback for the 41-year-old Brazilian, who was knocked out in March by ex-Bellator champ Alexander Volkov.

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