Report: Daniel Cormier out of UFC 197 fight with Jon Jones Originally reported by BJPenn.com, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is injured and will be forced to pull out of his upcoming UFC 197 major event name defense against Jon Jones. There is not any word on when the promotion will delay the name defense to a later pay-per-view or if Jones and a late replacement will fight such as Anthony Johnson because Cormier’s injury’s seriousness hasn’t yet been revealed. Rumors swirled on Twitter week which Cormier could be nursing a leg injury and it seems those rumors were true. The UFC 197 co-main event is also a title fight, a flyweight title defense by Demetrious”Mighty Mouse” Johnson against undefeated former Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Henry Cejudo. The flyweight title defense can always take the position that is headlining if all else fails. UFC 197 takes place 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 cardDemetrious 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 single day where several fighters pranked fans and media for April Fools (such as Alexander Gustafsson’s fake retirement), this release was no laughing matter. Parke began his UFC career going 4-0-1 in his first five fights, but matters took a turn for the worse after he started 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 definitely has talent and the skills to work his way back to the roster if he find success away from the promotion and is still just 29 years old.
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