MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR THURSDAY: PENDRED RETIRES, WATERSON INJURED & FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pendred (17-4-1) said his lack of enthusiasm for the game was a major factor in his choice. The SBG Ireland product first gained notoriety with the UK based Cage Warriors where 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 to the tournament semifinals before losing a split decision to eventual tournament winner Eddie Gordon. He left 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 renders the UFC with a 4-2 record. Michelle Waterson hurt and out of UFC 194 UFC officials confirmed Wednesday that the”Karate Hottie” has pulled from her UFC 194 bout with Tecia Torres. Waterson (13-4) was powerful in her UFC introduction 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 currently without an 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 declared 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 event. Cro Cop (31-11-2 NC) announced his retirement then confessed a day later to utilizing HGH to repair a wounded shoulder. The UFC published their own statement on the suspension UFC admits the two-year sanction issued today to Mirko Cro Cop from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for violations of their UFC Anti-Doping Policy. UFC secured the services of USADA, a third-party service, earlier this year to administer its Anti-Doping Policy to ensure that all athletes compete on an even playing field, free of performance enhancing drugs. UFC enjoys Cro Cop’s disclosure and admission of use of a substance that is prohibited, and supports that the issuance of necessary sanctions to maintain a clean sport. Cro Cop has subsequently announced his retirement from the sport 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) endured the first blemish on his eponymous record losing via split decision to Kyung Ho Kang at UFC Fight Night 52. Bellator 149 includes Daniel Pineda vs. Emmanuel Sanchez The Houston Chronicle broke the information (also Bellator later affirmed ) that featherweights Daniel Pineda and Emmanuel Sanchez have already been added to Belator 149 which already 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) returns 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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