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

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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 from UFC 196 with harm MMAFighting.com reports that UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum additionally has pulled from UFC 196 due to 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 released the next statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. “I was already injured, I’ve a foot injury, and haven’t managed to throw kicks in training for two weeks. I would still struggle Cain because I was injured the previous time, but that I also hurt my back last Friday. I went to the doctor, attempted 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 opponent, I would go on. It’s not his fault, but it’s the fault of nobody. Injuries happen. You can not avoid them. I don’t have any alternative. I made this choice because I’m not feeling 100 percent. I made this choice together with my group,” he said. “We decided to not fight. Cain can not fight. I was planning to hide the harm an additional time, like I always did. I tried to hide 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’s down to fighting at”two or three weeks”, and is open to facing Velasquez or Miocic. It took me a while to get here and win that belt, be the champion, to throw everything away because I’m not 100 per cent,” Werdum said. “I need to consider 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 think I’m at the best moment of my career, and I can not risk my career due to pride.” No word on exactly what the UFC intends to perform with the UFC 196 following the accident news. Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia set for UFC Fight Night 87 at Brazil UFC officials announced Monday that an intriguing welterweight match up between Matt Brown and Demian Maia was added 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 had been advised to take on Kelvin Gastelum in UFC Fight Night 78, but had to pull out due to injury. This is 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 takes place on May 14 in Brazil, but it’s unknown where in Brazil this fight will be taking place. 43 year older and 12-time UFC veteran Anthony Perosh announces retirement”The Hippo” is calling it quits. Perosh (15-10) made the statement regarding his retirement on Team Perosh site TeamPeroshMMA.com.au,”I’m retiring from fighting in MMA. I have had a great career in MMA spanning 12 years, 25 struggles, 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’m proud of everything I have achieved in my career. I am 43 years old (young!) And that I told myself I’d retire if I couldn’t keep up with the training, didn’t want it anymore or when I lost more than I won. The previous fight camps were hard on me physically and emotionally. I didn’t get the win and I knew right after my last struggle 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 other hand I’m retiring with all my psychological bearings and apart from the typical wear and tear I’m physically fit! The next goal is focussing in my two MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ contest groups. I am quite proud of all of my students and can’t wait to place all my time in to them and see 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 to the UFC as their coach and corner. I have learnt a good deal in my time from the UFC. You need to surround yourself with good people such as coaches and training partners and avoid the naysayers and haters. Have a dream, train hard and believe in yourself and you’ll get 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 greatest and greatest MMA organisation on Earth. And also a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and all the support staff at the UFC who made my life a lot easier doing PR and all of the paperwork! I want to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn and the entire 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 best interests all of the time and actually cared about watching me improve. I am on your group for life! I would like to thank all my students 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 initial striking trainer and being in my corner at all 9 of my UFC Light Heavyweight fights. Thanks to my brother John to be my additional corner in my 3 international fights. Thanks to Paul Dallow for assisting with my sponsors and all the UFC paperwork in my first 8 UFC struggles 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 loved ones, friends and fans. You truly make it less difficult to continue doing what fighters do best that is fight! Thank you. See you all soon! 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