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 due to injury. The Brazillian was initially scheduled to face 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’ve a foot injury, also have not been able to throw kicks in training for 2 weeks. I’d still struggle Cain since 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 could not spar as I need to spar. I decided to not fight because I’m not 100 per cent,” he continued. “If Cain was the opponent, I’d go on. It’s not his fault, it is the fault of nobody. Injuries happen. They can’t be avoided by you. I have no alternative. I made this decision because I am not feeling 100 percent. I made this decision with my group,” he explained. “We decided to not fight. Cain can’t fight. I was planning to hide the harm one more time, as I always did. I tried to hide it, but could not this time. I can not fight if I am not 100 percent to wear a show like I always did. The Brazilian states he’s down to battling in”two or three months”, and can be open to facing Velasquez or even Miocic. It took me a long time to get here and win that belt, so be the winner, to throw everything away because I’m not 100 per cent,” Werdum said. “I have to think about everything today, I can not believe and behave like I did when I was 20. It’s not like that. Everything changed. I’m 38 now, and I feel I am at the best moment of my career, and that I can’t risk my livelihood due to pride.” No word on exactly what the UFC intends 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 an intriguing 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 submission victory over Tim Means in UFC 189. He was 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 struggles including an impressive unanimous decision victory over Gunnar Nelson in his final departure at UFC 194 in December. UFC Fight Night 87 takes place on May 14 in Brazil, but it is unknown where in Brazil this fight will be happening. 43 year older 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’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 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 coaching, did not need it anymore or when I lost more than I won. The previous fight camps were tough on me physically and mentally. I didn’t get the win and that I knew straight after my last struggle that I’d had enough. I am finishing using a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses in the Light Heavyweight division. On the bright side I’m retiring with all my mental bearings and apart from the usual wear and tear I am physically fit! The next goal is focussing in my two MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ competition teams. I’m quite proud of all of my students and can’t wait to place all of my time in to them and watch them get better and triumph. I hope to return in the UFC even more than previously but this time walking behind my pupils who make it into the UFC as their trainer and corner. I’ve learnt a good deal in my time in the UFC. You have to surround yourself with good people such as trainers and training partners and steer clear of the naysayers and haters. Have a fantasy, train hard and believe in yourself and you will get exactly what you would like. The UFC have been nothing but great to me. Thanks to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright to get the Chance to fight so many occasions for the biggest and greatest MMA organisation on Earth. And also a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and each the support staff in the UFC who made my life a lot simpler doing PR and all the paperwork! I want to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn and the whole team from Jackson-Wink MMA fitness center in Albuquerque for taking me in and coaching and training me for my last 3 fights. You all made me feel very welcome and looked after my best interests all the time and actually cared about seeing me improve. I’m in your group for life! I want to thank all my students and training partners from my own 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 in all 9 of my UFC Light Heavyweight struggles. As a result of my brother John for being my extra corner in my international fights. Thanks to Paul Dallow for helping with my patrons and all of the UFC paperwork in my initial 8 UFC fights and thanks to Reebok for their livelihood in my last fight. Finally, I could not have done it without the unconditional and constant service over the years of my loved ones, friends and fans. You really make it easier to keep on doing what fighters do best which is fight! Thank you. See you all soon! 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