Fabricio Werdum
Vai Cavalo

Brazil

Out
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 5/22/2020
Won't be granted release
HeavyweightUFC
Out
July 1, 2019
Werdum intends to fight the final two fights of his UFC contract once his suspension expires in 2020, Helena Rebello of GloboEsporte.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Werdum tested positive for multiple anti-doping violations last September, which effectively resulted in a two-year ban from the sport. He requested his release not too long afterwards, but was apparently denied by the UFC. The former champion and ace BJJ practitioner will be 43 years old when his suspension expires in mid-2020, but he's already back in the testing pool in preparation for a comeback. A fighter like Werdum who relies primarily on his mat skills can make it into their 40s (see Demian Maia), though the ceiling may be limited at his advanced age, especially given all the firepower currently in the division.
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Pursuing return to Octagon
HeavyweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Requests release from UFC
HeavyweightUFC
Out
January 3, 2019
Werdum (suspension) has requested a release from the UFC, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
HeavyweightUFC
Out
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.
ANALYSIS
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
HeavyweightUFC
Out
May 22, 2018
Werdum was notified by the USADA on Tuesday of a potential anti-doping violation.
ANALYSIS
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
HeavyweightUFC
Out
May 21, 2018
Werdum will fight Aleksei Oleinik at UFC Moscow on Sept. 15, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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.