Werdum informed of potential Anti-Doping Policy violation
Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum is the latest fighter to have an anti-doping test flagged.
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Fabricio Werdum of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on April 25, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Werdum. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
The unfortunate news comes very shortly after it was announced that Werdum would be headlining the league’s debut in Russia vs. Aleksei Oleinik.
Werdum offered a statement via his social network.
“Hey guys, I got up this morning to the news that one of my urine samples from April tested positive for a prohibited substance,” he wrote. “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 been supportive of a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding and I hope to be able to go back to the octagon and what I love.”
Werdum is entitled to a presumption of innocence. Not every fighter with a flagged test is guilty of PED use. For example, in a little over a year, Ning Guangyou, Li Jingliang, Augusto Montano, and Brandon Moreno each was flagged for Clenbuterol, but eventually each was found No Fault due to the ubiquity of trace elements of Clenbuterol in the food chain in Mexico and China. As noted, there will be to a full and fair investigation, with full details becoming known in time. Until the full story comes out, it’s wrong to assume Werdum is a doper.