The recent decision to release Riki Fukuda had more to do with his failed post-fight drug test than the loss to Brad Tavares it would seem. Fukuda and Alex Caceres both failed their tests after UFC on FUEL TV: Silva vs. Stann from Japan earlier this month.
Fukuda announced his release Tuesday, while UFC officials confirmed that Caceres’ win will be changed to a no-contest and he will be suspended for six months.
Below is the official release from the promotion:
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.