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Riki Fukuda released by the UFC

Riki Fukuda - DREAMIt looks like a new round of UFC releases may be on the horizon, as Japanese middleweight Riki Fukuda revealed he’d been trimmed from the roster after suffering a stumble in his most recent outing. The 32-year old was last seen earlier this month on the wrong end of a Unanimous Decision at UFC on Fuel 8 where he took on Brad Tavares.

Fukuda’s announcement came on Twitter where he labeled his run in the Octagon as a “special experience” and thanked his supporters. No word was given on what his immediate plans involve.

The loss to Tavares was Fukuda’s third in a five-fight span. Prior to signing with the UFC the 19-7 Fukuda had scored success in seven straight efforts. His two triumphs in the UFC came against Tom DeBlass and Steve Cantwell.

UFC officials confirmed the move today as well, saying Fukuda had actually tested positive for banned stimulants and was axed in part as a response to the infraction.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC/DREAM

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