MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: PENDRED RETIRES, WATERSON INJURED & FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pendred (17-4-1) mentioned that his lack of passion for the sport was a major element in his choice. The SBG Ireland product gained notoriety with the UK based Cage Warriors in which he gathered an impressive 5-0-1 record. North American fight fans will remember him as a member of BJ Penn’s team onSeason 19 of The Ultimate Fighter. Pendred made it into the tournament 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 made 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 renders the UFC with a 4-2 record. Michelle Waterson hurt and from UFC 194 UFC officials confirmed Wednesday that the”Karate Hottie” has withdrawn from her UFC 194 bout with Tecia Torres. Waterson (13-4) was successful in her UFC debut in July beating Angela Magana by submission at the TUF 21 Finale. Torres (6-0) is coming off two straight UFC victories — beating Angela Hill and Angela Magana — and is now with no opponent. UFC 194 takes place Dec. 12th in 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 because of a shoulder injury that forced him off Saturday’s UFC Seoul event. Cro Cop (31-11-2 NC) announced his retirement afterward admitted a day later to using HGH to repair a wounded shoulder. The UFC published their own statement on the suspension UFC recognizes the two-year sanction issued now to Mirko Cro Cop by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for violations of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. UFC secured the services of USADA, a third party agency, earlier this year to administer its Anti-Doping Policy to make sure that most athletes compete on an even playing field, with no performance enhancing drugs. UFC appreciates Cro Cop’s disclosure and admission of usage of a substance that is prohibited, and supports that the issuance of essential sanctions to keep a clean sport. Cro Cop has declared his retirement from the game after a storied career. UFC admits 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 in Las Vegas). Doane (14-5) is coming off back to back losses including a unanimous defeat Jerrod Sanders in the TUF 21 Finale. Tanaka (10-1 MMA) suffered the first blemish on his eponymous record losing via split decision to Kyung Ho Kang in UFC Fight Night 52. Bellator 149 adds 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 already includes the highly anticipated rematch (notice the sarcasm) between Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock in the primary event. Bellator 149 occurs 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 beneath the Legacy FC banner such as 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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