Riki Fukuda, Alex Caceres fail UFC on Fuel TV 8 drug tests

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Riki Fukuda (pictured) failed his recent drug test and has been released by the UFC. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.

Riki Fukuda and Alex Caceres failed their drug tests following their March 3 bouts at UFC on Fuel TV 8, according to a statement made Wednesday by UFC officials.

As a result of the failed tests, Fukuda has been released by the UFC, while Caceres will face a six-month suspension.

Fukuda’s results showed the presence of phenylpropanolamine, norpseudoephedrine and ephedrine, which are all considered banned substances by the organization. The results of his test will be reported to the official Association of Boxing Commissions record keeper, company officials said.

Caceres tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout, and he has agreed to attend drug rehabilitation classes. His six-month suspension  is retroactive to the date of the event, and he must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to fight again. The outcome of Caceres’ fight against Kyung Ho Kang will be changed from a win to a no-contest.

The failed tests add to the growing number of UFC fighters testing positive for banned substances. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) yesterday told MMAjunkie.com’s Steven Marrocco that UFC heavyweight Lavar Johnson tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following his UFC 157 loss to Brendan Schaub. An additional test, a CSAC representative said in the report, showed Johnson’s testosterone was consistent with the administration of a steroid.

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