Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has been flagged by USADA after failing an out-of-competition drug test for an as-yet unconfirmed substance.
The news comes after it was reported on Monday that Werdum was set to fight Alexey Oleynik in the main event of the UFC’s first ever show in Moscow, Russia this September.
It remains to be seen if that fight will now be scrapped, but in the mean time, Werdum’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz has claimed that his client has done nothing wrong.
“The entire UFC staff and I are all working together to solve this problem,” Abdel-Aziz told mmafighting.com. “I’m very confident it will be OK. … It’s a misunderstanding. Something is off. Fabricio did not take anything illegal.”
Now, the 40-year-old Werdum has also spoken out on the matter via a written statement.
“Hey guys, I got up this morning to the news that one of my urine samples from April tested positive for a prohibited substance,” Werdum stated. “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 supported a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding, and I hope soon to be able to go back to the octagon and do what I love.”