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 confront Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA merchandise had to pull out due to a back injury. Werdum published the following 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 because I had been injured the previous time, but I also hurt my back last Friday. I went into the doctor, tried to continue coaching, but could not spar as I should spar. I chose to not fight because I’m not 100 percent,” he continued. “If Cain was the opponent, I’d go on. It’s not his fault, it is nobody’s fault. Injuries occur. They can’t be avoided by you. I don’t have any option. I made this decision because I am 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 going to hide the harm an additional time, as I always did. I tried to conceal it, but couldn’t this time. I can’t fight if I’m not 100 per cent to wear a show like I always did. The Brazilian says he is down to fighting in”two or three weeks”, and can be amenable to confronting Velasquez or Miocic. It took me a while to get here and win that belt, so be the champion, to throw away everything because I’m not 100 per cent,” Werdum said. “I need to consider everything now, I can not think and behave like I did when I was 20. It is not like this. Everything changed. I’m 38 now, and I think I’m at the best time of my career, and I can’t risk my livelihood because of pride.” No word on exactly what the UFC intends to do with the UFC 196 after the accident news. Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia set for UFC Fight Night 87 at Brazil UFC officials announced Monday an interesting 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 submission victory over Tim Means in UFC 189. He was advised to shoot on Kelvin Gastelum in UFC Fight Night 78, but had to pull out because of 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 occurs 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 statement 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 in the UFC all by stoppage and 3 by Rear Naked Choke. I always went out for the win by stoppage and I am proud of what I have achieved in my career. I’m 43 years old (young!) And that I told myself I would retire if I either couldn’t keep up with the coaching, did not need it anymore or if I lost more than I won. The previous fight camps were hard on me emotionally and emotionally. I didn’t get the win and I knew straight after my last struggle that I had had enough. I’m finishing using a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses at the Light Heavyweight division. On the bright side I am retiring with all my psychological bearings and besides the usual wear and tear I’m physically fit! The next aim is focussing on my 2 MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ contest teams. I’m quite proud of all my students and can not wait to put all my time into them and see them get better and succeed. I hope to return in the UFC more than before but this time walking behind my students who make it to the UFC as their trainer and corner. I’ve learnt a good deal in my time in the UFC. You need to surround yourself with good people such as trainers and training partners and steer clear of the naysayers and haters. Have a dream, train hard and believe in yourself and you’ll get what you would like. The UFC are nothing but good to me. Thank you to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright to get the opportunity to fight so many times for the greatest and best MMA organisation on Earth. And a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and each the support staff in the UFC who made my life a whole lot easier doing PR and all of the paperwork! I want to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn and the entire group from Jackson-Wink MMA fitness center in Albuquerque for taking me in and coaching and training me to my last 3 fights. You all made me feel very welcome and cared for my greatest interests all the time and really cared about watching me improve. I’m on your group ! I want 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 struggles. Thanks to my brother John for being my additional corner in my 3 international fights. Thanks to Paul Dallow for assisting with my patrons and all the UFC paperwork in my first 8 UFC fights and thanks to Reebok for their livelihood in my last fight. Eventually, I could not have done it without the unconditional and continuous service over the years of my family, friends and lovers. You really make it easier to keep on doing what fighters do best that is struggle! Thank you. See you soon! 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