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Fabricio Werdum suspended by USADA for two years after failed drug test

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/11/2018
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Former heavyweight UFC champion Fabricio Werdum has been hit with a two year suspension by USADA after failing a drug test earlier this year.

The Brazilian tested positive for the anabolic steroid trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone.

The test was conducted on April 25 as he was preparing for a bout with Aleksei Oleinik in Russia.

He was replaced on the Moscow card by Mark Hunt, who sees yet another of his past opponents suspended for failed drug tests.

Werdum defeated Hunt via second round TKO in Mexico City in 2014 to claim the interim heavyweight title.

He would go on to unify the title with a stunning third round submission win over Cain Velasquez at UFC 188.

Injuries would stop a rematch between Werdum and Velasquez, before Vai Cavalho dropped the title to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198.

Werdum fought five more times in the UFC since losing the belt, beating Travis Browne, Walt Harris and Marcin Tybura and losing to Alistair Overeem and Alexander Volkov.

At 41, it could spell the end of Werdum's UFC career.

For Hunt, who fights Oleneik in Moscow this weekend, Werdum is the fifth opponent in his last eight fights to fail a drug test.

His two most recent opponents, Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis, have never had problems, but Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir, Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva and now Werdum have all ran afoul of drug testers at some stage in their careers.

Hunt had been campaigning for a rematch with Werdum over the past year, but the Brazilian opted to fight the likes of Tybura and Volkov instead.

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