Fabricio Werdum pulls from UFC 196 with harm reports that UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum additionally has pulled from UFC 196 due to injury. The Brazillian was originally scheduled to face Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA product had to pull out due to a back injury. Werdum published the next statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. “I was injured, I’ve a foot injury, also have not managed to throw kicks in training for 2 weeks. I would still fight Cain because I was injured the previous time, but I also hurt my back last Friday. I went into the doctor, attempted to continue coaching, but could not spar as I should spar. I decided not to fight because I am not 100 per cent,” he continued. “If Cain was the opponent, I would go on. It’s not his fault, it is nobody’s fault. Injuries happen. They can’t be avoided by you. I have no alternative. I made this choice because I’m not feeling 100 percent. I made this decision together with my team,” he said. “We decided not to fight. Cain can’t fight. I was planning to hide the injury an additional time, as I always did. I tried to hide it, but could not 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 weeks”, and can be amenable to facing Velasquez or even Miocic. It took me a long time to get here and win this belt, be the winner, to throw away everything because I am not 100 per cent,” Werdum said. “I have to think about everything now, I can’t believe and act like I did when I was 20. It is not like this. Everything changed. I am 38 now, and I think I’m at the best moment of my career, and I can not risk my livelihood because of pride.” No word on exactly what the UFC plans to perform 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 an intriguing 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 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 last departure at UFC 194 in December. UFC Fight Night 87 takes place on May 14 in Brazil, but it’s unknown where in Brazil this fight will be taking place. 43 year older and 12-time UFC veteran Anthony Perosh declares retirement”The Hippo” is calling it quits. Perosh (15-10) made the announcement regarding his retirement on Team Perosh site,”I’m retiring from fighting in MMA. I’ve had a fantastic career in MMA spanning 12 decades, 25 fights, 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 am 43 years old (young!) And I told myself I’d retire if I either couldn’t keep up with this training, didn’t want it anymore or when I lost more than I won. The previous fight camps were tough on me physically and emotionally. I didn’t get the win and that I knew straight after my final fight that I had had enough. I am finishing using 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 apart from the typical wear and tear I’m physically fit! The following aim is focussing in my two MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ competition groups. I am quite proud of all of 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 more than before but this time walking behind my pupils who make it into the UFC as their trainer and corner. I’ve learnt a lot in my time in the UFC. You have to surround yourself with good people such as trainers and training partners and avoid the naysayers and haters. Have a fantasy, train hard and believe in yourself and you’ll get what you want. The UFC are nothing but great to me. Thank you to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright to get the opportunity to fight a lot of times for the greatest and best MMA organisation on Earth. And also a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and all of the support staff at the UFC who made my life a lot simpler doing PR and all of the paperwork! I want to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn and the entire team from Jackson-Wink MMA fitness center in Albuquerque for taking me in and training and coaching me for my last 3 fights. You all made me feel very welcome and looked after my greatest interests all of the time and really cared about watching me improve. I’m in your team ! I would like to thank all of my pupils and training partners from my MMA gym SPMA, my Australian coaches Steve Rudic, Shaun Sullivan and Denis Roberts. Extra big thanks to Steve Rudic for being my initial 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 international fights. Due 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 struggle. Eventually, I couldn’t have done it with no unconditional and continuous 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 struggle! Thank you. See you soon! Anthony Perosh”The Hippo”” UFC Road to the Octagon: UFC on FOX 18 — Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Johnson

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