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Fabricio Werdum forced to fight out UFC contract following USADA suspension

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum, was hoping for special treatment in the wake of his drug testing troubles with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) back in May of 2018.

“Vai Cavalo” requested his release from the world’s largest combat sports promotion so that he could continue his cage fighting career for another organization. Not surprisingly, Dana White and Co. denied that request and the Brazilian is forced to serve his time.

“I have two more UFC fights,” Werdum told Combate. “I tried to terminate the contract, but they didn’t let me, because I’m a former champion and they still wanted me around, so cutting ties right now is out of the table. Since it wasn’t possible, I’ll stay fight two more times. Let’s see how it goes in the future.”

Werdum will be eligible to return in May 2020.

“If the UFC gave me a guaranteed three, four, five-year contract, I would stay,” Werdum said. “I would fight four, five more times and then I would end my career and would stay as a commentator. If not, I’m moving to another promotion.”

Werdum (23-8-1) has not competed since his knockout loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 127 more than two years back. “Vai Cavalo” sports a 9-3 record inside the Octagon and holds career wins over Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, just to name a few.

As far as his next opponent ... maybe it’s time for that Cain Velasquez rematch?