UFC recently announced its plans to make a long-awaited Octagon debut in Moscow, Russia on September 15, 2018, with the main event features a former UFC Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum who will face fellow grappler Alexey Oleynik.
Reports emerged on Tuesday that the main event bout is in jeopardy as one of a contender is notified of a potential United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation.
UFC releases an official statement on Tuesday saying former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has been popped for potential anti-doping violation ahead of UFC Moscow. The violation stems from an out-of-competition drug test that was submitted on April 25.
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.
No actual details are given on what exactly the “Vai Cavalo” tested positive for.
Brazilian fighter is coming off a fourth-round knockout loss to Alexander Volkov this past March in London, England. Prior to this loss, Werdum was on a two-fight win streak as he looked to rise back into UFC heavyweight title contention.