Fabricio Werdum, a former UFC heavyweight champion from Brazil, may have fought in his last professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bout when he was knocked out by Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 127 in London on March 17, 2017. A two-year doping-related suspension could very well mark the end the career of the 41-year old Brajilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified Werdum of the anti-doping rules violation earlier this year on May22, 2018. USADA reported that Werdum tested positive for the anabolic steroid trenbolone and its primary metabolite epi-trenbolone in violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.
The sample in question involved an out-of-competition urine sample collected on April 25, 2018. Werdum was provisionally suspended beginning on the day that USADA first notified Werdum.
Werdum originally hails from Porto Alegre, Brazil. But he was been living in the United States for the past several years training out of Southern California. The 6-foot-4 and 249 pound MMA athlete most recently trained with coach Rafael Cordeiro and the Kings MMA gym in Huntington Beach. During his time with Kings MMA, Werdum was the UFC Heavyweight champion in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to beginning his professional MMA career in 2015, Werdum was a high-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete. Werdum was a multiple winner of the IFJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships (2000, 2003, 2004) and the Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships (2000, 2001, 2002) while representing Brazil.
Werdum made his MMA pro debut with PRIDE promotion in 2005. He debuted with the UFC promotion at UFC 70 in Manchester on April 21, 2017. During his time in the UFC, Werdum has defeated several big names including Fedor Emelianenko, Alexander Emalianenko, Antonio Silva, Alistair Overeem, Mark Hunt, Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga.
Werdum was expected to fight Oleksly Oliynyk at UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow on September 15, 2018. Unfortunately, the trenbolone positive makes Werdum ineligible until May 2020.