Fabricio Werdum pulls from UFC 196 with injury MMAFighting.com reports that UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum additionally has pulled from UFC 196 because of injury. The Brazillian was originally scheduled to confront Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA product needed to pull out due to a back injury. Werdum published the following statements to Brazillian journalists on Monday. “I was injured, I have a foot injury, also haven’t been able to throw kicks in training for two weeks. I’d still struggle Cain since I was 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 should spar. I decided not to fight because I’m not 100 percent,” he continued. “If Cain was the opponent, I would go on. It is not his fault, it’s nobody’s fault. Injuries happen. You can not avoid them. I don’t have any alternative. I made this decision because I’m not feeling 100 percent. I made this decision with my team,” he said. “We decided to not fight. Cain can not fight. I was planning to hide the harm one more time, like I always did. I tried to hide it, but could not this time. I can’t fight if I am not 100 per cent to wear a show like that I always did. The Brazilian states he’s down to fighting at”two or three months”, and can be amenable to facing Velasquez or even Miocic. It took me a long time to get here and win this belt, so become the champion, to throw away everything because I’m not 100 percent,” Werdum explained. “I have to think about everything today, I can’t believe and behave like I did when I was 20. It is not like that. Everything changed. I am 38 now, and I think I am at the best time of my career, and I can’t risk my livelihood because of pride.” No word on what the UFC intends to perform with the UFC 196 following the injury news. Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia place for UFC Fight Night 87 in Brazil UFC officials announced Monday that an intriguing 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 entry victory over Tim Means in 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 struggles including an impressive unanimous decision victory over Gunnar Nelson in his final bout 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 announces retirement”The Hippo” is calling it quits. Perosh (15-10) made the statement regarding his retirement on Team Perosh website TeamPeroshMMA.com.au,”I am retiring from fighting in MMA. I have had a fantastic career in MMA spanning 12 years, 25 fights, 15 wins & 5 wins at 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 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 the coaching, did not want it anymore or when I lost more than I won. The last fight camps were hard on me emotionally and emotionally. I didn’t get the win and I knew right after my final struggle that I had 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 my mental bearings and besides the typical wear and tear I’m physically fit! The next aim is focussing in my 2 MMA gyms with 650 students and MMA and BJJ contest teams. 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 hope to return in the UFC more than previously but that time walking behind my students who make it into the UFC as their coach and corner. I have learnt a good deal in my time in the UFC. You need to surround yourself with good people such as coaches and training partners and avoid the naysayers and haters. Have a dream, train hard and believe in yourself and you will get exactly what you would like. The UFC are nothing but good to me. Thank you to Dana White, Lorenzo Feritta, Joe Silva and Tom Wright for the opportunity to fight a lot of times for the greatest and greatest MMA organisation on Earth. And also a big thank you to Peter Kloczko and all the support staff at the UFC who made my life a lot simpler doing PR and all of the paperwork! I would like to thank Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn along with the entire team from Jackson-Wink MMA gym 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 best interests all of the time and really cared about seeing me improve. I am in your team ! I would like to thank all 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 additional corner in my international fights. Due to Paul Dallow for helping with my patrons and all the UFC paperwork in my initial 8 UFC fights and thanks to Reebok for their livelihood 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 less difficult to keep on doing what fighters do best that is struggle! Thank you. See you soon! 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