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 harm MMAFighting.com reports that UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum additionally 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 because of a back injury. Werdum published the next statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. “I was already injured, I’ve a foot injury, also haven’t managed to throw kicks in training for 2 weeks. I’d still struggle Cain since I had been injured the previous time, but that 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 to not fight because I am not 100 percent,” he continued. “If Cain was the competition, I would go on. It is not his fault, but it is the fault of nobody. Injuries occur. They can’t be avoided by you. I don’t have any alternative. I made this decision because I am not feeling 100 percent. I made this decision with my group,” he said. “We decided to not fight. Cain can’t fight. I was planning to hide the injury one more time, as I always did. I tried to conceal it, but could not this time. I can’t fight if I’m not 100 percent to wear a series like I always did. The Brazilian says he is down to fighting at”two or three weeks”, and can be amenable to confronting Velasquez or even Miocic. It took me a long time to get here and win that belt, so be the winner, to throw away everything because I am not 100 per cent,” Werdum said. “I need to think about everything today, I can not think and behave like I did when I was 20. It is not like that. Everything changed. I’m 38 now, and I think I am in the best time of my career, and that I can’t risk my career because of pride.” No word on what the UFC intends to perform 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 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 was scheduled to shoot 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 struggles including an impressive unanimous decision victory over Gunnar Nelson in his final bout at UFC 194 in December. UFC Fight Night 87 takes place on May 14 in Brazil, but it is unknown where in Brazil this struggle 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 site TeamPeroshMMA.com.au,”I am retiring from fighting in MMA. I’ve had a fantastic career in MMA spanning 12 decades, 25 struggles, 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 everything I’ve 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, didn’t want it anymore or when I lost more than I won. The last fight camps were tough on me emotionally and emotionally. I didn’t get the win and I knew right after my final struggle that I had had enough. I am finishing using a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses at the Light Heavyweight division. On the other hand I’m retiring with my mental bearings and besides 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’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 am hoping to be back in the UFC more than previously but that time walking behind my students who make it into the UFC as their trainer and corner. I have learnt a lot in my time from the UFC. You need to surround yourself with good 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 exactly what you want. The UFC have been nothing but great to me. Thanks to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright for the Chance to fight a lot of times for the greatest and best MMA organisation on Earth. And a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and all the support staff at the UFC who made my life a whole lot easier doing PR and all of the paperwork! I would like to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn along with the whole team from Jackson-Wink MMA gym in Albuquerque for taking me in and coaching and training me to my last 3 fights. You all made me feel very welcome and looked after my best interests all of the time and actually cared about watching me improve. I’m in your group for life! I want to thank all my pupils and training partners from my MMA gym SPMA, my Australian coaches Steve Rudic, Shaun Sullivan and Denis Roberts. Extra big thanks to Steve Rudic for being my first striking coach and being in my corner at all 9 of my UFC Light Heavyweight struggles. As a result of my brother John for being my additional corner in my international fights. Thanks to Paul Dallow for assisting with my sponsors and all the UFC paperwork in my first 8 UFC fights and thanks to Reebok for their sponsorship in my last struggle. Finally, I couldn’t have done it with no unconditional and continuous support over the years of my family, friends and fans. You truly make it less difficult to keep on doing exactly what fighters do best which is fight! Thank you. See you all soon! Anthony Perosh”The Hippo”” UFC Road into the Octagon: UFC on FOX 18 — Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Johnson

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