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‘UFC on FUEL 8′ Drug Tests Nail Alex Caceres (Marijuana) and Riki Fukuda (Stimulants)

(Alex asks that you respect his privacy at this time, and would like to state for the record that Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos were originally his idea. / Photo via MMAWeekly)

And the hits just keep coming, folks. In the immediate wake of Lavar Johnson’s apparent steroid bust after UFC 157, two more fighters have been flagged for failed drug tests following their performances at UFC on FUEL 8: Silva vs. Stann. With no regulating body in place, UFC officials oversaw the testing of fighters at the March 3rd event in Saitama, Japan.

First up on the naughty list is Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres, who tested positive for marijuana metabolites after his split-decision win over Kyung Ho Kang during the UFC on FUEL 8 prelims. Caceres will be suspended six months, and must attend drug rehabilitation classes and pass a drug test before he’s allowed to return. Furthermore, his victory over Kang — which would have been his third-straight in the UFC — has been changed to a no-contest. Caceres joins Matt Riddle, Thiago Silva, Dave Herman, Nick Diaz, and Nick Diaz’s friends in the growing list of publicly-outed potheads.

Also caught in the latest drug-sweep was Japanese middleweight Riki Fukuda, who lost a decision to Brad Tavares on the night in question. According to MMAJunkie, Fukuda tested positive for the banned stimulants phenylpropanolamine (never heard of it), norpseudoephedrine (never heard of it), and ephedrine (love that stuff). Sadly, Fukuda isn’t getting off with a suspension — he’s already been released by the UFC. The loss to Tavares dropped Fukuda’s Octagon record to 2-3, with all fights going the distance.

Damn…steroids, weed, and uppers in the same day — or as we like to call it, “The Tijuana Triathlon.” Get your shit together, UFC fighters.

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rob1805- March 21, 2013 at 7:32 am
Hey if your job says you can't do it you can't do it.. these guys are stupid.. yes of course it's not a big deal but they knew it wasn't allowed so sucks for them.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 20, 2013 at 11:39 pm
I am extremely uniformed as to what the standards are but I am assuming they could relax the thresholds for marijuana metabolite levels during testing. To me it makes sense to test at a level that proves marijuana was not used in the immediate past if you are trying to regulate use as a banned performance enhancing substance. Weed does not decrease your recovery time between workouts, induce muscle growth, or increase aggression. The only salient argument I have heard proffered against its use during competition (although still questionable) is that it could increase pain tolerance or provide a heightened sense of calm during combat. They don't need to test like they are a probation department assuring that you have zero ng/ml metabolites in your bloodstream.

It is a well established fact that marijuana metabolites are fat soluble and are processed at largely varying rates by different individuals. Even given this fact the level of metabolites decrease drastically after a brief period of abstinence. You would think a little leeway in testing would be justified.
Stainonearth- March 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm
He smoked pot?! Burn him!
crappiefloper- March 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm
Fried Taco- March 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm
He's blaming it on the sushi. That seaweed looked awfully suspicious! And who knows what was in that tuna's system before it became sashimi?
The12ozCurls- March 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm
I thought the "Tijuana Triathlon" was Hookers, Valtrex & Somas.
J.Jones- March 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm
Somas = School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, correct?
The12ozCurls- March 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm




The12ozCurls- March 20, 2013 at 2:28 pm
"Soma is a muscle relaxant prescribed to give relief to pain from muscle injuries and spasms. When taken in excess, Soma also causes drowsiness, giddiness, and relaxation. The drug carispodol is abused by metabolizing it into meprobamate, which is a schedule IV drug. The federal penalty for the manufacture, distribution or sale of Schedule IV drugs of any quantity isup to five years imprisonment and/or a $250,000.00 fine for a first offense with the penalty doubled for a second offense. People of all ages abuse Soma. The youngest abusers are around 12 years old. The heaviest problems are in Arizona and California as Carispodol is often obtained in Mexico under the name Somacid." Gotta love TJ.

Although your thought of mixing harlots, herpes meds and higher education is probably a way more productive idea.