Fabricio Werdum Is Now Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum joins an ever-growing list of fighters to come under the watchful eye of the USADA.

Werdum failed a drug test for a potential anti-doping violation from a test conducted last April, the UFC confirmed. The Brazilian, though, believes he did nothing wrong and is already in the process of trying to clear his name.

Fala galera Fui pego de surpresa com a notícia de que um dos exames colhidos pela USADA em abril deu positivo para uma substância proibida. Me coloquei à disposição da USADA e do UFC e estou trabalhando com a minha equipe para entender o que aconteceu. Eu sempre fui muito cuidadoso com tudo o que eu tomo e sempre apoiei o esporte limpo. Vocês podem ter certeza de que vamos esclarecer esse mal entendido e espero em breve poder voltar a fazer o que eu amo, que é lutar. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Hey guys, I got up this morning to the news that one of my urine samples from April tested positive for a prohibited substance. I am working with my team, the UFC and USADA to understand what happened. I’ve always been careful with everything I take and I’ve always supported a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding and I hope soon to be able to go back to the octagon and do what I love

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Werdum said that he “got up this morning” to news of the failed test. He added that he has “always supported a clean sport” and will “work hard to solve this misunderstanding.”

The problem, though, even if Werdum is cleared of taking anything illegal because of an unknown substance, he has hurt his name.

Is it right that these results are released without it being fully investigated? Should they hold off until it is completely proven that the fighter did take something illegal on purpose before we hear about it as the public and media?