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

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Pendred (17-4-1) mentioned his lack of passion for the game was a major element in his decision. The SBG Ireland product first gained notoriety with all the UK based Cage Warriors in which he amassed an impressive 5-0-1 record. North American fight fans will recall 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 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 leaves a 4-2 record to the UFC. 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 submission at the TUF 21 Finale. Torres (6-0) is coming off two straight UFC victories — defeating Angela Hill and Angela Magana — and is now with no opponent. UFC 194 takes place Dec. 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. USADA formally admits two-year suspension for Mirko Cro Cop Wednesday USADA declared 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 occasion. Cro Cop (31-11-2 NC) announced his retirement afterward admitted a day after to utilizing HGH to fix an injured shoulder. The UFC released 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 the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. UFC secured assistance from USADA, a third-party agency, 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 disclosure and entrance of usage 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 recognizes his achievements 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 including a unanimous defeat Jerrod Sanders at 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 includes Daniel Pineda vs. Emmanuel Sanchez The Houston Chronicle broke the information (also Bellator later confirmed) which featherweights Daniel Pineda and Emmanuel Sanchez have been inserted to Belator 149 which already includes the highly anticipated rematch (note the sarcasm) between Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock in the main 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 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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