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 be forced to pull from his forthcoming UFC 197 main event name defense against Jon Jones. There is not any word on when the promotion will delay the title defense or whether Jones and a replacement will combat such as Anthony Johnson since the seriousness of Cormier’s harm has not yet been shown. Rumors swirled on Twitter which Cormier may be nursing a leg injury and it appears those rumors were true. The UFC 197 co-main occasion can also be a title battle, a flyweight title defense by Demetrious”Mighty Mouse” Johnson against undefeated former Olympic golden medal-winning wrestler Henry Cejudo. If all else fails, the flyweight title defense always has the choice to take the position that is headlining. 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 in 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 released from the UFC Former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Norman Parke has seemingly been published by the UFC following his unanimous decision loss to Rustam Khabilov. On a day where several fighters pranked lovers and media 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 things took a turn for the worse after he started facing tougher competition because he went 1-3 in his last four bouts, losing aggressive decisions to Khabilov, Francisco Trinaldo and Gleison Tibau while beating Reza Medadi. The Northern Irishman is still 29 years old and has the skills and talent to work his way back into the roster if he find success outside the promotion.
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