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Fabricio Werdum sticks up for Junior dos Santos, slams USADA for ‘absurd’ testing procedures

Esther Lin

A lot of folks in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community condemned former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos for flunking his UFC 215 pre-fight drug test.

Fabricio Werdum isn’t one of them.

In fact, “Vai Cavalo” has an issue with the way United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) tests and punishes fighters, like the “absurd” treatment of ex-light heavyweight kingpin Lyoto Machida, who followed instructions and paid mightily for it.

Werdum talks to MMA Fighting:

"I think it’s a pity that this happened, but we have to wait for the second test. We don’t get along because we fought in the past, but there’s no reason to say anything bad about him. That can happen to anyone, to unknowingly take something that is banned. I have no right to say anything about this case. I think that this testing is too much, too strict. It didn’t have to be that much. It’s one thing to take something to recover faster… I’m not saying steroids, no. What I say is that USADA is too much sometimes. It’s too much. It didn’t need that much. This testing is stricter than the Olympics.”

I swear I’ve heard that somewhere before.

Dos Santos was pulled from his Francis Ngannou fight this weekend in Canada and will be forced to ride the pine until USADA can test his B-sample, which will either corroborate the original findings or exonerate “Cigano.”

There’s a lot of that going around these days.

Werdum, meanwhile, looks to get back into the division title hunt by fighting Derrick Lewis at UFC 216.

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