Now Riki Fukuda's release makes a bit more sense.
According to a press release from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), both Alex Caceres and Riki Fukuda tested positive following UFC on FUEL TV 8, which took place three weeks ago (March 3, 2013) in Saitama, Japan.
Caceres tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout. He has agreed to attend drug rehabilitation classes and will receive a 6-month suspension retroactive to the date of the event and must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to compete again. The outcome of Caceres bout against Kyung Ho Kang will be changed to a no contest.
Fukuda's results showed the presence of Phenylpropanolamine, Norpseudoephedrine and Ephedrine, which are stimulants and banned substances. Based on Fukuda's last loss he has been released from his contract with the UFC and the results of his positive test will be reported to the official Association of Boxing Commissions record-keeper."
Fukuda and Cacares join a disturbingly lengthy list of recent fighters who have tested positive in the last year including Stephan Bonnar, Thiago Silva, Jake Shields, Dave Herman, Joey Beltran, Rousimar Palhares, Thiago Tavares, MattRiddle (twice) and Lavar Johnson.
It's rather odd that most of the above positive results occurred at shows where UFC administered its own testing procedures at overseas events. Let's hope this trend doesn't continue and fighters start to wise up.
As far as the rest of the FUEL TV 8 roster? Clean as a whistle.