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 from his forthcoming UFC 197 main event name defense against Jon Jones. There’s no word on when the promotion will just delay the title defense or if Jones will combat with a replacement such as Anthony Johnson since the severity of Cormier’s injury 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 is also a title fight, a flyweight title defense by Demetrious”Mighty Mouse” Johnson against undefeated former Olympic golden medal-winning wrestler Henry Cejudo. The flyweight title defense can always take the headlining place, if everything else fails. UFC 197 takes place in three months (Saturday, April 23, 2016) from 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 after his unanimous decision loss to Rustam Khabilov. On a single 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 began his UFC career going 4-0-1 in his first five fights, but matters took a turn for the worse once 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 beating Reza Medadi. The Northern Irishman has talent and the skills to work his way back into the roster should he find success away from the promotion and is only 29 years old.
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