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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 injury 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 product had to pull out due to a back injury. Werdum released the following 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 two weeks. I’d still struggle Cain because I had been injured the previous 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 should spar. I decided not to fight because I’m not 100 percent,” he continued. “If Cain was the competition, I’d go on. It is not his fault, but it is nobody’s fault. Injuries happen. You can not avoid them. I have no option. I made this decision because I am not feeling 100 percent. I made this choice with my group,” he explained. “We decided not to fight. Cain can not fight. I was planning to hide the harm an additional time, like I always did. I tried to conceal it, but couldn’t this time. I can’t fight if I am not 100 percent to wear a series like that I always did. The Brazilian says he’s down to fighting at”two or three months”, and is open to confronting Velasquez or Miocic. It took me a long time to get here and win this belt, so become the champion, to throw everything away because I’m not 100 percent,” Werdum said. “I have to consider everything now, I can not believe and act like I did when I was 20. It is not like that. Everything changed. I am 38 now, and I feel I am at the best moment of my career, and I can’t risk my career due to pride.” No word on exactly what the UFC intends to do with the UFC 196 following the injury 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 has been added to May’s UFC Fight Night 87 card. Brown (20-13) is coming off an impressive first round submission victory over Tim Means at UFC 189. He had been scheduled 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 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 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’m retiring from fighting in MMA. I have had a fantastic 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 to the win by stoppage and I’m proud of everything I have achieved in my career. I’m 43 years old (young!) And that I told myself I would retire if I couldn’t keep up with the coaching, didn’t want it anymore or when I lost more than I won. The last fight camps were tough on me physically and mentally. I didn’t get the win and that I knew right after my final struggle that I’d had enough. I’m 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 besides the typical wear and tear I’m physically fit! The next aim is focussing on my 2 MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ competition groups. I am very proud of all my students and can not wait to put all my time into them and watch them get better and triumph. I am hoping to return in the UFC more than before but that time walking behind my pupils who make it to the UFC as their coach and corner. I have learnt a lot in my time from the UFC. You need to surround yourself with great 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 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 times for the biggest and greatest MMA organisation in the world. And also a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and each of the support staff in the UFC who made my life a whole lot simpler doing PR and all the paperwork! I want to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn and the whole group 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 cared for my best interests all of the time and really cared about watching me improve. I am on your team ! I would like to thank all 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 coach and being in my corner at all 9 of my UFC Light Heavyweight fights. 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 of the UFC paperwork in my initial 8 UFC struggles and thanks to Reebok for their sponsorship in my last fight. Eventually, I could not have done it with no unconditional and constant support over the years of my family, friends and fans. You really make it easier to keep on doing what fighters do best which is struggle! 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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