Fabricio Werdum’s comeback fight after a lengthy suspension will be against Aleksei Oleinik at UFC 250 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 9th.
Werdum was suspended for two years after testing positive for steroids back in May of 2018, though he would later have that sentence reduced to 10 months after providing “substantial assistance” to USADA.
Prior to his suspension Werdum had in fact been scheduled to face Oleinik, so this unfinished business will now finally be taken care of.
The 42-year-old Werdum’s last fight ended in a KO loss to Alexander Volkov, but prior to that the former heavyweight champion had racked up wins over Walt Harris and Marcin Tybura.
While Werdum may be getting up in years now, Oleinik is also 42, though he’s had four fights in the UFC during the time the Brazilian has been on the sidelines.
During that spell ‘The Boa Constrictor’ started with a first round submission win over Mark Hunt, before succumbing to two losses in a row due to strikes against Alistair Overeem and Walt Harris. However, Oleinik has since rebounded with an armbar submission finish against Maurice Greene last month.
Werdum vs. Oleinik joins a UFC 250 card that is still in the process of being put together, but will feature further heavyweight action between Augusto Sakai and Blagoy Ivanov.