MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR SATURDAY: DANIEL CORMIER OUT OF UFC 197 WITH INJURY


Report: Daniel Cormier out of UFC 197 battle with Jon Jones Initially reported by BJPenn.com, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is injured and will probably be forced to pull out of his forthcoming UFC 197 major event name defense against Jon Jones. There is no word on whether Jones will combat a late replacement such as Anthony Johnson or when the advertising will delay the title defense because the severity of the injury of Cormier has not been revealed. Rumors swirled on Twitter week that Cormier may be nursing a leg injury and it appears those rumors were true. The UFC 197 co-main event is also a title battle, a flyweight title defense by Demetrious”Mighty Mouse” Johnson against undefeated former Olympic golden medal-winning wrestler Henry Cejudo. If everything else fails, the title defense always has the choice to take the position. UFC 197 occurs in 3 weeks (Saturday, April 23, 2016) in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s an updated look at the battle card: Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima Glaico Franca vs. James Vick Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis Norman Parke discharged by the UFC Former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Norman Parke has seemingly been published by the UFC after his unanimous decision loss to Rustam Khabilov. On a day where many fighters pranked fans and press for April Fools (such as Alexander Gustafsson’s fake retirement), this release was no laughing matter. Parke started his UFC career going 4-0-1 in his first five fights, but matters took a turn for the worse once he began facing tougher competition as he went 1-3 in his last four bouts, losing aggressive decisions to Khabilov, Francisco Trinaldo and Gleison Tibau while defeating Reza Medadi. The Northern Irishman is only 29 years old and has the skills and talent to work his way back to the roster should he find success away from the promotion.

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