Two more drug test failures were announced today, this time out of UFC on Fuel TV 8. Not even 24 hours after Riki Fukuda announced he had been given the UFC pink slip, it was confirmed by UFC officials that Fukuda failed his drug test. Bantamweight Alex Caceres also tested positive for marijuana metabolites. MMA Junkie has the info:
The UFC has released middleweight Riki Fukuda (19-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and suspended bantamweight Alex Caceres (8-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) after both fighters failed drug tests earlier this month at UFC on FUEL TV 8.
UFC officials today announced the failed tests.
Fukuda tested positive for banned stimulants (phenylpropanolamine, norpseudoephedrine and ephedrine), and Caceres was flagged for marijuana metabolites.
Fukuda had already lost to Brad Tavares, so this was probably just the clinching justification for his release. Caceres, who defeated Kyung Ho Kang by split decision, will have his win overturned to a no contest. Additionally, he will attend drug rehab and is suspended for the next 6 months.
The UFC oversaw drug testing for this event, as is customary for shows outside of North America. Dating back to UFC 153 in October, this is a remarkable 6th straight "overseas" event with at least one failed drug test. Here's a full list of the offenders:
- UFC 153 (Brazil) - Stephan Bonnar and Dave Herman.
- UFC on Fuel 6 (Macau) - Thiago Silva.
- UFC on FX 6 (Australia) - Rousimar Palhares and Joey Beltran.
- UFC on FX 7 (Brazil) - Thiago Tavares.
- UFC on Fuel 7 (England) - Matt Riddle.
- UFC on Fuel 8 (Japan) - Riki Fukuda and Alex Caceres.
That's 9 failed drug tests, and Herman, Caceres, Silva, and Riddle all tested positive for marijuana. It could be pure coincidence or a new disturbing trend for UFC international events.