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MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: WERDUM OFF UFC 196 DUE TO INJURY, BROWN VS. MAIA SET FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT 87



MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR TUESDAY: WERDUM OFF UFC 196 DUE TO INJURY, BROWN VS. MAIA SET FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT 87



Fabricio Werdum pulls out of UFC 196 with injury MMAFighting.com reports that UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum also has pulled out of UFC 196 because of injury. The Brazillian was originally scheduled to face Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA product had to pull out due to a back injury. Werdum published the following statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. “I was injured, I have a foot injury, also haven’t managed to throw kicks in training for 2 weeks. I’d still fight Cain because I had been injured the previous time, but I also hurt my back last Friday. I went to the doctor, attempted to continue training, but couldn’t spar as I need to spar. I chose to not fight because I’m not 100 per cent,” he continued. “If Cain was the competition, I’d go on. It’s not his fault, it is the fault of nobody. Injuries happen. They can’t be avoided by you. I have no alternative. I made this decision because I am not feeling 100 percent. I made this decision with my team,” he explained. “We chose to not fight. Cain can’t fight. I was going to hide the harm an additional time, like I always did. I tried to hide it, but couldn’t this time. I can not fight if I’m not 100 percent to put on a series like that I always did. The Brazilian states he’s down to battling at”two or three months”, and can be open to facing Velasquez or Miocic. It took me a while to get here and win this belt, be the winner, to throw everything away because I’m not 100 percent,” Werdum explained. “I have to think about everything today, I can not think and act like I did when I was 20. It is not like that anymore. Everything changed. I am 38 now, and I think I’m in the best time of my career, and I can not risk my livelihood because of pride.” No word on what the UFC plans to do with the UFC 196 after the injury news. Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia place for UFC Fight Night 87 in Brazil UFC officials announced Monday that an interesting welterweight match up between Matt Brown and Demian Maia has been inserted to May’s UFC Fight Night 87 card. Brown (20-13) is coming off an impressive first round submission victory over Tim Means in UFC 189. He had been scheduled to shoot on Kelvin Gastelum in UFC Fight Night 78, but had to pull out because of injury. This is Browns first time competing in Brazil. Maia (22-6) has won four-straight fights for example an impressive unanimous decision victory over Gunnar Nelson in his final departure at UFC 194 in December. UFC Fight Night 87 takes place on May 14 in Brazil, but it’s unknown where in Brazil this struggle will be taking place. 43 year old and 12-time UFC veteran Anthony Perosh announces retirement”The Hippo” is calling it quits. Perosh (15-10) made the announcement regarding his retirement on Team Perosh site TeamPeroshMMA.com.au,”I’m retiring from fighting in MMA. I’ve had a fantastic career in MMA spanning 12 decades, 25 struggles, 15 wins & 5 wins at the UFC all by stoppage and 3 by Rear Naked Choke. I went out to the win by stoppage and I’m proud of what I have achieved in my career. I’m 43 years old (young!) And I told myself I would retire if I either couldn’t keep up with this training, did not want it anymore or when I lost more than I won. The previous fight camps were hard on me physically and mentally. I didn’t get the win and that I knew right after my final fight that I’d had enough. I am finishing with a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses in the Light Heavyweight division. On the bright side I’m retiring with my psychological bearings and apart from the typical wear and tear I am physically fit! The following goal is focussing on my 2 MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ contest groups. I am very proud of all my students and can not wait to place all my time in to them and watch them get better and triumph. I hope to be back in the UFC more than before but this time walking behind my students who make it into the UFC as their trainer and corner. I’ve learnt a lot in my time in the UFC. You have to surround yourself with good people such as trainers and training partners and steer clear of the naysayers and haters. Have a dream, train hard and believe in yourself and you’ll get exactly what you would like. The UFC have been nothing but good to me. Thank you to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright for the Chance to fight so many times for the biggest and greatest MMA organisation on Earth. And also a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and all of the support staff in the UFC who made my life a lot easier doing PR and all the paperwork! I want to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn along with the whole team from Jackson-Wink MMA fitness center in Albuquerque for taking me and coaching and coaching me to my last 3 fights. You all made me feel very welcome and looked after my greatest interests all the time and really cared about seeing me improve. I am in your team for life! I would like to thank all my students and training partners from my own MMA gym SPMA, my Australian trainers Steve Rudic, Shaun Sullivan and Denis Roberts. Extra big thanks to Steve Rudic for being my initial striking coach and being in my corner in all 9 of my UFC Light Heavyweight fights. Thanks to my brother John for being my additional corner in my 3 international fights. Due to Paul Dallow for helping with my sponsors and all of the UFC paperwork in my first 8 UFC fights and thanks to Reebok for their livelihood in my last struggle. Finally, I could not have done it without the unconditional and constant service over the years of my family, friends and fans. You really make it easier to continue doing exactly what fighters do best that is struggle! Thank you. See you all soon! Anthony Perosh”The Hippo”” UFC Road to the Octagon: UFC on FOX 18 — Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Johnson

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