Pendred (17-4-1) said that his lack of passion for the sport was a significant element in his choice. The SBG Ireland product 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 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 a 4-2 record to the UFC. Michelle Waterson injured and out of UFC 194 UFC officials confirmed Wednesday that the”Karate Hottie” has withdrawn from her UFC 194 bout with Tecia Torres.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 successful in her UFC introduction in July beating 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 currently without an opponent. UFC 194 takes place Dec. 12th in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. USADA formally admits two-year 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 confessed a day later to using HGH to repair a wounded shoulder. The UFC released their own statement on the suspension UFC recognizes 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 assistance from USADA, a third party agency, earlier this season to administer its Anti-Doping Policy to ensure that most athletes compete on an even playing field, with no performance enhancing drugs. UFC appreciates Cro Cop’s disclosure and entrance of usage of a prohibited substance, and supports the issuance of necessary sanctions to keep a clean sport. Cro Cop has declared 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 in 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) suffered the first blemish on his undefeated 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 news (and Bellator later affirmed ) that featherweights Daniel Pineda and Emmanuel Sanchez have already been added to Belator 149 which includes the highly anticipated rematch (note the sarcasm) between Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock at the main 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 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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