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 additionally has pulled from UFC 196 because of injury. The Brazillian was initially scheduled to confront Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA merchandise had to pull out due to a back injury. Werdum published the following statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. « I was already injured, I have a foot injury, and have not been able to throw kicks in training for two weeks. I’d still fight Cain since I had been injured the last time, but I also hurt my back last Friday. I went into the doctor, tried to continue coaching, but couldn’t spar as I should spar. I decided not to fight because I am not 100 per cent, » he continued. « If Cain was the competition, I would go on. It’s not his fault, it’s nobody’s fault. Injuries happen. They can’t be avoided by you. I have no alternative. I made this choice because I’m not feeling 100 percent. I made this decision together with my group, » he explained. « We chose not to fight. Cain can not fight. I was planning to hide the injury one more time, like I always did. I tried to hide it, but could not this time. I can not fight if I’m not 100 per cent to put on a show like I always did. The Brazilian states he is down to battling at »two or three months », and is amenable to confronting Velasquez or Miocic. It took me a long time to get here and win that belt, so be the winner, to throw everything away because I am not 100 per cent, » Werdum said. « I need to think about everything now, I can’t believe and act like I did when I was 20. It’s not like that. Everything changed. I’m 38 now, and I think I am at the best time of my career, and that I can’t risk my livelihood due to pride. » No word on exactly what the UFC plans to perform with the UFC 196 following the injury news. Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia set for UFC Fight Night 87 in Brazil UFC officials announced Monday an intriguing welterweight match up between Matt Brown and Demian Maia was 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 was advised to take on Kelvin Gastelum in UFC Fight Night 78, but had to pull out because of injury. This will be Browns first time competing in Brazil. Maia (22-6) has won four-straight struggles for example an impressive unanimous decision victory over Gunnar Nelson in his last departure at UFC 194 in December. UFC Fight Night 87 occurs on May 14 in Brazil, but it is unknown where in Brazil this fight will be taking place. 43 year older and 12-time UFC veteran Anthony Perosh declares 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 have had a fantastic career in MMA spanning 12 decades, 25 fights, 15 wins & 5 wins in the UFC all by stoppage and 3 by Rear Naked Choke. I always went out to the win by stoppage and I’m proud of what I have achieved in my career. I am 43 years old (young!) And that I told myself I would retire if I couldn’t keep up with this coaching, didn’t need 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 straight after my final fight that I had had enough. I am finishing using a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses in the Light Heavyweight division. On the bright side I’m retiring with my mental bearings and besides the usual wear and tear I am physically fit! The next aim is focussing on my two MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ competition groups. I’m very proud of all my students and can’t wait to put all my time into them and watch them get better and succeed. I am hoping to be back in the UFC more than before but this time walking behind my pupils who make it into the UFC as their trainer and corner. I’ve learnt a good deal in my time from the UFC. You have to surround yourself with great people such as trainers and training partners and avoid the naysayers and haters. Have a dream, train hard and believe in yourself and you will get what you would like. The UFC are nothing but good to me. Thanks to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright to get the Chance to fight a lot of occasions for the biggest and best MMA organisation in the world. And also a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and all the support staff in the UFC who made my life a lot simpler doing PR and all of the paperwork! I would like to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn and the whole team from Jackson-Wink MMA fitness center in Albuquerque for taking me and coaching and training me to my last 3 fights. You all made me feel very welcome and cared for my best interests all the time and really cared about watching me improve. I am in your group ! I would like to thank all of my students and training partners from my own MMA gym SPMA, my Australian coaches Steve Rudic, Shaun Sullivan and Denis Roberts. Extra big thanks to Steve Rudic for being my initial striking coach and being in my corner at all 9 of my UFC Light Heavyweight fights. As a result of my brother John to be my extra corner in my international fights. Thanks to Paul Dallow for assisting with my patrons and all of the UFC paperwork in my first 8 UFC fights and thanks to Reebok for their sponsorship in my last fight. Eventually, I couldn’t have done it without the unconditional and continuous support over the years of my loved ones, friends and lovers. You really make it less difficult to continue doing what fighters do best that is fight! Thank you. See you soon! Anthony Perosh »The Hippo » » UFC Road to the Octagon: UFC on FOX 18 — Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Johnson

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