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 out of UFC 196 because of injury. The Brazillian was initially scheduled to confront Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA merchandise needed to pull out because of a back injury. Werdum published the next statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. “I was already injured, I have a foot injury, also haven’t been able to throw kicks in training for 2 weeks. I’d still struggle Cain because I was injured the previous time, but I also hurt my back last Friday. I went to 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 is not his fault, it’s the fault of nobody. Injuries happen. They can’t be avoided by you. I have no alternative. I made this decision because I’m not feeling 100 percent. I made this decision with my team,” he explained. “We decided not to fight. Cain can not fight. I was going to hide the injury an additional time, like I always did. I tried to conceal it, but couldn’t this time. I can’t fight if I’m not 100 percent to put on a series like I always did. The Brazilian says he’s down to battling in”two or three months”, and is amenable to confronting Velasquez or Miocic. It took me a while to get here and win this belt, so be the champion, to throw away everything because I’m not 100 percent,” Werdum said. “I have to think about everything now, I can not think and act like I did when I was 20. It’s not like that anymore. Everything changed. I am 38 now, and I feel I’m in the best time of my career, and that I can’t risk my career 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 set for UFC Fight Night 87 at Brazil UFC officials announced Monday an intriguing 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 entry victory over Tim Means in UFC 189. He was advised to take on Kelvin Gastelum at 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 fights for example an impressive unanimous decision victory over Gunnar Nelson in his final departure at UFC 194 in December. UFC Fight Night 87 occurs on May 14 in Brazil, but it’s unknown where in Brazil this fight will be taking place. 43 year old 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 website TeamPeroshMMA.com.au,”I’m retiring from fighting in MMA. I’ve had a great 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 for the win by stoppage and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my career. I’m 43 years old (young!) And I told myself I’d retire if I couldn’t keep up with this training, didn’t need it anymore or when I lost more than I won. The previous fight camps were hard on me emotionally and mentally. I didn’t get the win and that I knew right after my last fight that I’d had enough. I am finishing using a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses at the Light Heavyweight division. On the bright side I’m retiring with my mental bearings and apart from the usual wear and tear I am physically fit! The next aim is focussing in my two MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ competition teams. I’m very proud of all of my students and can not wait to put all of my time in to them and see them get better and succeed. I hope to return in the UFC even more than before but this time walking behind my students who make it into the UFC as their coach and corner. I have learnt a lot in my time in the UFC. You have to surround yourself with good people such as coaches and training partners and avoid the naysayers and haters. Have a fantasy, train hard and believe in yourself and you’ll get exactly what you want. The UFC have been nothing but good to me. Thank you to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright for the opportunity to fight a lot of occasions for the biggest and best MMA organisation in the world. And a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and each of 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 entire team from Jackson-Wink MMA fitness center in Albuquerque for taking me in and coaching and training me to my last 3 fights. You all made me feel very welcome and cared for my greatest interests all the time and really cared about seeing me improve. I’m on your team ! I would like to thank all of my pupils and training partners from my MMA gym SPMA, my Australian trainers Steve Rudic, Shaun Sullivan and Denis Roberts. Extra big thanks to Steve Rudic for being my initial striking trainer and being in my corner at all 9 of my UFC Light Heavyweight struggles. As a result of my brother John for being my extra corner in my 3 international fights. Due to Paul Dallow for helping with my patrons and all the UFC paperwork in my initial 8 UFC fights and thanks to Reebok for their livelihood in my last fight. Eventually, I could not have done it with no unconditional and continuous support over the years of my family, friends and fans. 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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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 originally scheduled to confront Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA merchandise had to pull out because of a back injury. Werdum released the next statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. “I was injured, I’ve a foot injury, and haven’t been able to throw kicks in training for two weeks. I would still struggle Cain since I was injured the last time, but that I also hurt my back last Friday. I went to the doctor, tried to continue training, but could not 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, but it’s nobody’s fault. Injuries happen. You can not avoid them. I don’t have any alternative. I made this decision because I’m not feeling 100 percent. I made this choice with my group,” he explained. “We chose to not fight. Cain can not fight. I was planning to hide the harm one more time, like I always did. I tried to hide it, but could not this time. I can’t fight if I am not 100 per cent to wear a series like I always did. The Brazilian says he’s down to fighting at”two or three months”, and can be amenable to facing Velasquez or even Miocic. It took me a while to get here and win this belt, be the champion, to throw away everything because I am not 100 percent,” Werdum said. “I have to think about everything now, I can not believe and behave like I did when I was 20. It is not like this. Everything changed. I’m 38 now, and I feel I am at the best moment of my career, and I can not risk my career because of pride.” No word on what the UFC plans to do with the UFC 196 following the accident news. Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia place for UFC Fight Night 87 at Brazil UFC officials announced Monday that an interesting 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 entry victory over Tim Means at UFC 189. He had been advised to shoot on Kelvin Gastelum in UFC Fight Night 78, but had to pull out due to injury. This will be Browns first time competing in Brazil. Maia (22-6) has won four-straight fights including an impressive unanimous decision victory over Gunnar Nelson in his last bout at UFC 194 in December. UFC Fight Night 87 takes place on May 14 in Brazil, but it’s unknown where in Brazil this fight will be taking place. 43 year old and 12-time UFC veteran Anthony Perosh declares retirement”The Hippo” is calling it quits. Perosh (15-10) made the statement regarding his retirement on Team Perosh website TeamPeroshMMA.com.au,”I’m retiring from fighting in MMA. I have had a fantastic career in MMA spanning 12 years, 25 fights, 15 wins & 5 wins at the UFC all by stoppage and 3 by Rear Naked Choke. I always went out to the win by stoppage and I am proud of what I’ve 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 the training, didn’t need it anymore or if I lost more than I won. The previous fight camps were tough on me physically and emotionally. I didn’t get the win and that I knew right after my last fight that I had had enough. I am finishing with a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses in the Light Heavyweight division. On the other hand I am retiring with my psychological bearings and apart from the usual wear and tear I am physically fit! The following aim is focussing in my 2 MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ contest teams. I am very proud of all of my students and can’t wait to put all my time in to them and see them get better and succeed. I hope to return in the UFC even more than previously but this time walking behind my students who make it into the UFC as their trainer and corner. I have 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 steer clear of the naysayers and haters. Have a dream, train hard and believe in yourself and you’ll get what you would like. The UFC are nothing but great to me. Thank you to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright for the Chance to fight a lot of occasions for the greatest and greatest MMA organisation in the world. And a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and all of the support staff at 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 cared for my greatest interests all of the time and actually cared about seeing me improve. I am in your team for life! I would like to thank all of my students and training partners out of 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 trainer 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 3 international fights. Due to Paul Dallow for assisting with my patrons and all the UFC paperwork in my first 8 UFC struggles and thanks to Reebok for their sponsorship in my last struggle. Eventually, I could not have done it with no unconditional and continuous support over the years of my family, friends and fans. You truly make it easier to continue doing what fighters do best which is fight! Thank you. See you soon! Anthony Perosh”The Hippo”” UFC Road into the Octagon: UFC on FOX 18 — Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Johnson

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