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

Pendred (17-4-1) said that his lack of passion for the game was a significant factor in his choice. The SBG Ireland product gained notoriety with all the UK established Cage Warriors where he gathered an impressive 5-0-1 record. North American fight fans will remember him as a part of BJ Penn’s team onSeason 19 of The Ultimate Fighter. Pendred made it to the championship 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 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 leaves the UFC with a 4-2 record. Michelle Waterson injured and from UFC 194 UFC officials confirmed Wednesday that the”Karate Hottie” has pulled from her UFC 194 bout with Tecia Torres. Waterson (13-4) was successful in her UFC debut in July beating Angela Magana by entry at the TUF 21 Finale. Torres (6-0) is coming off two straight UFC victories — defeating Angela Hill and Angela Magana — and is currently without an opponent. UFC 194 takes place Dec. 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. USADA formally admits 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 then admitted 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 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 agency, earlier this season to administer its Anti-Doping Policy to make sure that all athletes compete on an even playing field, with no performance enhancing drugs. UFC appreciates Cro Cop’s revelation and entrance of usage of a prohibited substance, and supports that the issuance of necessary 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 has been 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 at UFC Fight Night 52. Bellator 149 adds Daniel Pineda vs. Emmanuel Sanchez The Houston Chronicle broke the information (also 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 in the primary event. Bellator 149 occurs 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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