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MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: PENDRED RETIRES, WATERSON INJURED & FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pendred (17-4-1) mentioned that his lack of enthusiasm for the sport was a significant factor in his decision. The SBG Ireland product gained notoriety with the UK established Cage Warriors in which he amassed an impressive 5-0-1 record. North American fight fans will remember him as a member of BJ Penn’s group onSeason 19 of The Ultimate Fighter. Pendred made it into the championship semifinals before losing a split decision to eventual tournament winner Eddie Gordon. He made his official promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 46 in July of 2014 and earned an impressive comeback victory over Mike King. He followed that up with wins over Gasan Umalatov, Sean Spencer (albeit controversial) and Augusto Monta??o. He leaves the UFC with a 4-2 record. Michelle Waterson injured and out of UFC 194 UFC officials confirmed Wednesday that the”Karate Hottie” has withdrawn from her UFC 194 bout with Tecia Torres. Waterson (13-4) was powerful in her UFC debut in July defeating Angela Magana by entry at the TUF 21 Finale. Torres (6-0) is coming off two straight UFC victories — beating Angela Hill and Angela Magana — also is now with no opponent. UFC 194 takes place Dec. 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. USADA officially announces back-to-back suspension for Mirko Cro Cop Wednesday USADA announced the official suspension of former UFC heavyweight fighter Mirko Cro Cop, who recently retired from MMA due to a shoulder injury that forced him off Saturday’s UFC Seoul occasion. Cro Cop (31-11-2 NC) announced his retirement afterward admitted a day later to utilizing HGH to repair a wounded shoulder. The UFC released their own statement on the suspension UFC admits the two-year sanction issued now to Mirko Cro Cop from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for violations of their UFC Anti-Doping Policy. UFC secured assistance from USADA, a third party service, earlier this season to administer its Anti-Doping Policy to ensure that all athletes compete on an even playing field, free of performance enhancing drugs. UFC appreciates Cro Cop’s revelation and entrance of usage of a substance that is prohibited, and supports the issuance of essential sanctions to keep a clean sport. Cro Cop has declared his retirement from the game after a storied career. UFC recognizes his accomplishments in the sport of mixed martial arts and wishes him well in future endeavors.” Russell Doane vs. Michinori Tanaka added to UFC 195 The UFC announced via their website that a bantamweight matchup between Russell Doane and Michinori Tanaka was scheduled for UFC 195, which takes place Jan. 2nd at Las Vegas). Doane (14-5) is coming off back to back losses such as a hierarchical defeat Jerrod Sanders in the TUF 21 Finale. Tanaka (10-1 MMA) endured the first blemish on his undefeated record losing via split decision to Kyung Ho Kang in UFC Fight Night 52. Bellator 149 includes Daniel Pineda vs. Emmanuel Sanchez The Houston Chronicle broke the information (and Bellator later affirmed ) which featherweights Daniel Pineda and Emmanuel Sanchez have already been inserted to Belator 149 which includes the highly anticipated rematch (note the sarcasm) involving Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock at the primary event. Bellator 149 takes place Feb. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston. Pineda (21-11) yields to Bellator for the first time since May 2010 and has won three-straight under the Legacy FC banner including a victory over UFC fan favorite Leonard Garcia. Sanchez (12-2) is coming off an impressive victory over UFC veteran Justin Lawrence by split decision.
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