Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) earlier this year for a failed drug test. Following the announcement of his two-year suspension from the octagon, the former title holder has now come forward with his first statement.
Werdum tested positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone. Consequently, USADA has dished out a lengthy suspension that will refrain Fabricio Werdum from competing within the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
“USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Fabricio Werdum, of Redondo Beach, Calif., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and received a two-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation. USADA’s original statement on the matter may be viewed below.
“Werdum, 41, tested positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25, 2018. Trenbolone is a non-Specified Substance 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.
“Werdum’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a first offense involving a non-Specified Substance, began on May 22, 2018, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.
“Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to continue to make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under their sanction.”
Fabricio Werdum has since taken to Instagram to issue a cryptic message following the announcement. Check out Werdum’s first social media statement since being suspended by USADA down below.
“I’ll tell you the right time”
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#Repost @werdum Vou me pronunciar na hora certa #tbt #tbt #tbt Há quatro anos eu acreditava que seria o campeão. Nunca desista de seus sonhos, mesmo que o mundo inteiro duvide dele. #nemmeviu #heeyy Four years ago I believed that I would be the champion. Never give up your dreams, even if the whole world doubt it. @wandfc @kings_mma @babalusirongym @felipewerdum @andre.dida @lyotomachidafw @criscyborg @shogunoficial