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 also has pulled out of UFC 196 because of injury. The Brazillian was originally scheduled to confront Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA merchandise needed to pull out because of a back injury. Werdum released the following statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. “I was injured, I’ve a foot injury, also have not managed to throw kicks in training for two 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 should spar. I chose not to fight because I’m not 100 per cent,” he continued. “If Cain was the competition, I would go on. It’s not his fault, but it is the fault of nobody. Injuries occur. You can’t avoid them. I have no option. I made this decision because I’m not feeling 100 percent. I made this choice with my team,” he explained. “We chose not to fight. Cain can’t fight. I was going to hide the injury an additional time, like I always did. I tried to hide it, but couldn’t this time. I can not fight if I am not 100 percent to put on a show like that I always did. The Brazilian says he is down to fighting at”two or three weeks”, and can be open to facing Velasquez or even Miocic. It took me a long time to get here and win this belt, so be the winner, to throw away everything because I am not 100 percent,” Werdum said. “I need to think about everything now, I can’t think 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 in the best time of my career, and that I can not risk my career due to pride.” No word on exactly what the UFC plans 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 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 advised to take on Kelvin Gastelum at 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 fights including an impressive unanimous decision victory over Gunnar Nelson in his final bout at UFC 194 in December. UFC Fight Night 87 occurs 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 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 am retiring from fighting in MMA. I have had a great career in MMA spanning 12 years, 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 am proud of everything I have achieved in my career. I am 43 years old (young!) And I told myself I would retire if I either 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 physically and mentally. I didn’t get the win and that I knew straight after my final fight that I’d had enough. I’m finishing with a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses at the Light Heavyweight division. On the other hand I’m retiring with all my psychological bearings and besides the usual wear and tear I am physically fit! The following goal is focussing on my two MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ competition teams. I’m very proud of all my students and can’t wait to put all of my time in to them and watch them get better and triumph. I am hoping to return in the UFC even more than previously but that time walking behind my pupils who make it into 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 great people such as coaches and training partners and steer clear of the naysayers and haters. Have a fantasy, train hard and believe in yourself and you’ll get exactly what you want. The UFC are nothing but good to me. Thanks to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright to get the opportunity to fight a lot of times for the biggest and best MMA organisation on Earth. And a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and all of the support staff at the UFC who made my life a whole lot easier doing PR and all the paperwork! I want to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn along with the entire team from Jackson-Wink MMA gym 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 of the time and actually cared about watching me improve. I am in your group ! I want to thank all 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 first striking coach and being in my corner in all 9 of my UFC Light Heavyweight struggles. As a result of my brother John to be my additional corner in my 3 international fights. Due 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 sponsorship in my last struggle. Finally, I could not have done it without the unconditional and constant support over the years of my family, friends and fans. You really make it less difficult to continue doing what fighters do best which is fight! 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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