It seems Brazilian veteran Fabricio Werdum won’t be back in the octagon any time soon.
The 41-year-old former UFC heavyweight champion has been handed a two year suspension by UFC anti-doping partner USADA stemming from a failed drugs test earlier this year.
Werdum was scheduled to face Aleksei Oleinik in the main event of the UFC’s Russian debut in Moscow this weekend. The former champ was removed from the bout shortly after it was announced due to testing positive for both anabolic steroid trenbolone and it’s metabolite epitrenbolone in an out of competition test in April.
USADA have confirmed that the two year suspension will be backdated to begin on 22nd May 2018, meaning Werdum will not be eligable to return to the octagon until late May 2020.
Considering Werdum will be 43 years old by the time he is able to return to competition, we may well have seen the last of the former heavyweight great. If that is the case, it would be an extremely disappointing end to a decorated career which saw the Brazilian collect big wins over the likes of heavyweight legends Fedor Emilianenko, Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem.