Report: Daniel Cormier from UFC 197 battle with Jon Jones Initially reported by BJPenn.com, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is wounded and will probably be forced to pull out of his forthcoming UFC 197 main event title defense against Jon Jones. There’s no word on when the promotion will just delay the title defense or whether Jones will fight with a late replacement since the seriousness of Cormier’s injury hasn’t been revealed. Rumors swirled on Twitter a week that Cormier may be nursing a leg injury and it seems those rumors were true. The UFC 197 co-main event can also be 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 take the headlining place, if all else fails. UFC 197 occurs in three weeks (Saturday, April 23, 2016) in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s an updated look in the fight 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 from the UFC Former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Norman Parke has apparently been released by the UFC after his unanimous decision loss to Rustam Khabilov. On a day where many fighters pranked lovers and media for April Fools (like 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 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 just 29 years old and has the skills and talent.
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