Fabricio Werdum
Vai Cavalo


Injury Suspension
Est. Return 5/22/2020
Pursuing return to Octagon
May 15, 2019
Werdum's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, said Tuesday that his client will re-enter the testing pool administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and attempt a UFC comeback, Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie.com reports.
The UFC handed Werdum a two-year ban last September after he tested positive for the steroid trenbolone and its metabolite, prompting the former heavyweight champion to pursue a release from the promotion earlier this year. Rather than heading to Russia to continue his fighting career, Werdum now appears to have accepted his suspension and will continue to train in preparation for a return to the Octagon when the ban expires in May 2020. At that point, Werdum will be 42 years old and more than 26 months removed from his last UFC fight.
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Requests release from UFC
January 3, 2019
Werdum (suspension) has requested a release from the UFC, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Werdum was given a two-year ban by the UFC in September and is requesting his release so that he can fight outside of UFC. UFC likely has nothing to gain by releasing Werdum, who has a couple fights left on his contract after his suspension. Expect an update on his status when the UFC responds to his request.
Career in question after two-year ban
September 11, 2018
Werdum has been suspended two years by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency due to a positive test for the anabolic agent trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone, the official USADA site reports.
Werdum was flagged for a potential USADA violation in April, which led to his removal from this weekend's UFC Moscow card, where he was originally scheduled to fight heavyweight Aleksei Oleinik. Mark Hunt has stepped in to take his place while Werdum faces the music. Already 41 years old, the former heavyweight champion will not be eligible to compete under the UFC banner until May 5, 2020, at which point he will be 43 years old. There are older fighters on the UFC roster, and Werdum's grappling style can lead to a longer career, but it's fair to wonder what "Vai Cavalo" will have left in the tank at that point. Should he choose to, Werdum could elect to stay sharp by competing overseas or in grappling competitions, provided they do not violate the terms of his UFC contract. Should this be the end for Werdum's UFC run, he'll finish with a 3-3 mark in his last six fights, ending with a KO loss to Alexander Volkov.
Hit with anti-doping violation
May 22, 2018
Werdum was notified by the USADA on Tuesday of a potential anti-doping violation.
The violation comes from a test Wedum underwent in late April, and if the violation is confirmed by the USADA, the heavyweight fighter will likely be tagged with a suspension. A suspension would in all likelihood mean Werdum is removed from the UFC Moscow card in September, where he was booked to fight Aleksei Oleinik.
Will fight Aleksei Oleinik in Moscow
May 21, 2018
Werdum will fight Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Moscow on Sept. 15, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAfighting.com reports.
After posting back-to-back victories against Walt Harris and Marcin Tybura, Werdum suffered a knockout loss to Alexander Volkov in March and will be looking to get back in the winning column against a fellow 40-year-old fighter. Both Werdum and Oleinik are well known for their grappling skills, so expect this fight to spend plenty of time on the ground, with a submission being the likely result. Werdum owns 11 submissions across 23 victories, while Oleinik has 44 across 56 wins.
Suffers 4th Round KO loss in London
March 17, 2018
Werdum was defeated by Alexander Volkov via KO (punches) at 1:38 of Round 4 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in London.
Werdum struggled with the size of Volkov. He got an immediate takedown in the first round, but could not get by Volkov's legs to pass his guard. When the fight was standing Werdum could not avoid Volkov's jab to land strikes of his own. In the second Werdum did typical Fabricio Werdum things and tried to fake as if he was hurt by punches and fall to the ground in an attempt to make "Drago" follow him there. He also tried numerous takedown attempts, but Volkov easily defended. He was finally able to land a takedown halfway through the round, but once again could not pass the Russian's guard. However, the Brazilian did open up a cut on Volkov's forehead with an elbow. The third round was the beginning of the end for Werdum who had a big cut opened up on his eye from a Volkov punch. It caused major swelling and the eye was almost swollen shut. After that, Werdum had a hard time defending against "Drago's" striking as his vision was compromised. In Round 4 Volkov landed a few big strikes and knocked Werdum down. He followed that up with a huge punch that knocked out the Brazilian legend. It will be interesting to see where Werdum's career goes from here because he is an older fighter and may not be able to compete with the top of the division at this point.