Donald Cerrone, who tested positive for the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide following his win over Kenneth Alexander on Sept. 5, was suspended for eight months and fined $2,400 on Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
His victory over Alexander was also changed to a No Contest. He becomes the second mixed martial artist in Nevada, following Nick Diaz, to have a victory overturned.
The fight was Cerrone’s debut for the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion.
He indicated to MMAWeekly that he had taken the diuretic to help clean the toxins out of his system following a bout with staph infection, which also resulted in a case of shingles.
Cerrone said, “I just want to get past this and move on… get back to training and come back stronger and better.”