Fabricio Werdum Says UFC Forced To Let Him Finish The Contract Despite USADA Suspension

Fabricio Werdum
Fabricio Werdum - Image via @werdum Instagram

Promotion Denied Fabricio Werdum’s Release Request, And Now Brazilian Forced To Serve His Time

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum wants to get out of his UFC contract, but promotion refused to release him.

Brazilian is currently serving United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspension after tested positive for the banned substance steroid trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone. Unfortunately, as a result, he forced out of the main headliner fight against Alexey Oleynik in Moscow. Werdum said USADA is unfair, that made him request UFC to give him a releasing paper so he could continue his career with other organization. But UFC head honcho Dana White and Co. denied that.

“I have two more UFC fights,” Werdum told Combate. “I tried to terminate the contract, but they didn’t let me, because I’m a former champion and they still wanted me around, so cutting ties right now is out of the table. Since it wasn’t possible, I’ll stay fight two more times. Let’s see how it goes in the future.”

To remind you Werdum is eligible to return to Octagon by May 2020. Considering a fact Brazilian is 41-year old, and his clock is ticking. He says if promotion gives him a better contract he’d stay.

“If the UFC gave me a guaranteed three, four, five-year contract, I would stay,” Werdum said. “I would fight four, five more times, and then I would end my career and would stay as a commentator. If not, I’m moving to another promotion.”

Werdum last fought this past March at UFC Fight Night 127 where he suffered a knocked out loss from the hands of Alexander Volkov in London. During his career, Werdum defeated some notable names like Cain Velasquez, Fedor Emelianenko, Roy Nelson, and  Mark Hunt, among others.

Published on July 2, 2019 at 11:17 am
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