Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In May it was announced that former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum had an April anti-doping test flagged.Now the sanction has been announced. Via USADA.org.

USADA announced today that Fabricio Werdum, of Redondo Beach, California, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and received a two-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

Werdum, 41, tested positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25, 2018. Trenbolone is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Werdum’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a first offense involving a non-Specified Substance, began on May 22, 2018, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.

As is the case with all USADA doping suspension, Werdum will be required to stay in the testing pool while serving the two-year sanction. If for any reason he does not, the remaining portion of the sanction will toll until he returns.

When the test was flagged, Werdum, 41, was withdrawn from a fight vs. Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Fight Night 136, on September 15, 2018 at Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Moscow, Russia. He was replaced by Mark Hunt, and the fight happens this weekend.

While trenbolone is not as well known as some other performance enhancers, Boldenone, Nandrolone  and Stanozolol, the infamous “Duchess Cocktail” allegedly administered to Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi consisted of oxandrolone, a metenolone ester, and a trenbolone ester.