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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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 because of injury. The Brazillian was originally scheduled to face Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA merchandise needed to pull out due to a back injury. Werdum released the next statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. “I was injured, I have a foot injury, and 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 into the doctor, attempted to continue training, but couldn’t spar as I should spar. I decided to not fight because I am not 100 percent,” he continued. “If Cain was the competition, I’d go on. It’s not his fault, it is the fault of nobody. Injuries occur. They can’t be avoided by you. I don’t have any alternative. I made this choice because I am not feeling 100 percent. I made this decision with my group,” he explained. “We decided to not fight. Cain can not fight. I was planning to hide the harm one more time, as I always did. I tried to hide it, but couldn’t this time. I can not fight if I am not 100 percent to wear a series like I always did. The Brazilian says he is down to fighting in”two or three weeks”, and is open to facing Velasquez or Miocic. It took me a while to get here and win that belt, become the champion, to throw everything away because I’m not 100 percent,” Werdum said. “I have to consider everything today, I can’t think and behave like I did when I was 20. It is not like that. Everything changed. I’m 38 now, and I think I’m at the best moment of my career, and that I can not risk my career because of pride.” No word on what the UFC intends to do with the UFC 196 after the injury news. Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia set 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 entry victory over Tim Means at UFC 189. He was scheduled to shoot on Kelvin Gastelum in UFC Fight Night 78, but had to pull out due to injury. This will be 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 departure 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 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’m retiring from fighting in MMA. I’ve had a fantastic 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 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 either 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 that I knew right after my last struggle that I’d had enough. I am finishing using a UFC record of 5 wins and 4 losses at the Light Heavyweight division. On the bright side I’m retiring with all my psychological bearings and apart from the usual wear and tear I am physically fit! The following aim is focussing in my 2 MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ competition teams. I’m very proud of all my students and can not wait to put all of my time into them and watch them get better and triumph. I hope to be back in the UFC more than before but that time walking behind my pupils who make it into the UFC as their coach 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 great to me. Thanks to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright to get the Chance to fight a lot of occasions for the greatest and best MMA organisation on Earth. And a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and each the support staff at the UFC who made my life a whole lot simpler doing PR and all the paperwork! I would like to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn and the whole team from Jackson-Wink MMA gym in Albuquerque for taking me and training and coaching me for my last 3 fights. You all made me feel very welcome and cared for my best interests all the time and really cared about watching me improve. I am in your team for life! I would like to thank all of my students 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 initial striking coach and being in my corner at all 9 of my UFC Light Heavyweight fights. Thanks to my brother John to be my extra corner in my international fights. Thanks to Paul Dallow for helping with my sponsors and all of the UFC paperwork in my first 8 UFC struggles and thanks to Reebok for their sponsorship in my last fight. Finally, I couldn’t have done it with no unconditional and continuous service over the years of my loved ones, friends and fans. You truly make it easier to keep on doing exactly what fighters do best that is struggle! Thank you. See you all soon! 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