Looks like two UFC fighters will be enjoying an extended spring break...and one of them won't be coming back.
You know the old saying: Do the crime, do the time.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Lavar Johnson, who flunked his post-fight drug test following a unanimous decision loss to Brendan Schaub last month in Anaheim, was suspended for nine months by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for testosterone "consistent with the administration of a steroid."
His fine, which could range between $1-1250, has yet to be determined, according to a report by MMA Junkie, which also indicates "Big" may have failed to disclose he was undergoing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Johnson has since been released from the ZUFFA roster.
Alex Caceres was also benched after getting popped for marijuana metabolites following his split decision win over Kyung Ho Kang earlier this month in Japan. His victory was overturned to a "no contest," and "Bruce Leeroy" will have six-months to regret the infraction while attending rehab.
Caceres tells MMA Weekly he accepts "full" responsibility:
"I accept full responsibility for my actions and the consequences from those actions. I apologize to all that I have disappointed, including the UFC, my family, coaches, training partners and fans. I accept the sanctions from the UFC and I look forward to completing the necessary steps to getting back in the octagon following the suspension and assuring that this never happens again."
Former UFC middleweight Riki Fukuda was also nabbed for banned substances, but was released following his loss to Brad Tavares at UFC on FUEL TV 8 and will not incur any stateside penalties. Maybe Jon Fitch regrets this recent tweet?
This is your sport. This is your sport on drugs. Any questions?