Werdum was due to headline a Fight Night against Alexy Oleynik but now finds himself in violation of UFC’s anti-doping policy.
Fabricio Werdum has failed an out of competition drugs test. The former heavyweight champion was due to headline the UFC’s first event in Russia later this year.
As per policy, the banned substance was not made known.
Werdum’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz was quoted as saying, “he did not take anything illegal. We are working with UFC officials very closely on this”.
It has yet been announced as to whtther or not Werdum’s proposed bout with Oleynik will go ahead.
The Brzaillian posted a statement on Instagram late on Tuesday evening.
Fala galera Fui pego de surpresa com a notícia de que um dos exames colhidos pela USADA em abril deu positivo para uma substância proibida. Me coloquei à disposição da USADA e do UFC e estou trabalhando com a minha equipe para entender o que aconteceu. Eu sempre fui muito cuidadoso com tudo o que eu tomo e sempre apoiei o esporte limpo. Vocês podem ter certeza de que vamos esclarecer esse mal entendido e espero em breve poder voltar a fazer o que eu amo, que é lutar. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Hey guys, I got up this morning to the news that one of my urine samples from April tested positive for a prohibited substance. I am working with my team, the UFC and USADA to understand what happened. I’ve always been careful with everything I take and I’ve always supported a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding and I hope soon to be able to go back to the octagon and do what I love