UFC cuts Fukuda after positive test

ESPN staff
March 21, 2013
Alex Caceres will serve a suspension © AP

Middleweight Riki Fukuda and bantamweight Alex Caceres tested positive for banned substances following their UFC bouts on March 3 in Saitama, Japan, the promotion announced Wednesday.

Test results showed the presence of prohibited stimulants (phenylpropanolamine, norpseudoephedrine and ephedrine) in Fukuda's system.

Fukuda (19-7) was released from his contract after losing a decision to Brad Tavares. The 32-year-old Japanese mixed martial artist was 2-3 inside the Octagon.

Caceres, meanwhile, remains with the organisation following a positive test for marijuana metabolites.

The 24-year-old Floridian will attend drug rehabilitation classes and serve a six-month suspension retroactive to the date of the event. Caceres (8-5) is required to pass a drug test upon completion of his suspension before being cleared to compete. A decision win over Kyung Ho Kang, the third straight victory for Caceres, will instead be registered as a no-contest.

All 22 fighters on the UFC on Fuel TV 8 card were drug tested.

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