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 probably be forced to pull out of his upcoming UFC 197 major event name defense against Jon Jones. There is not any word on whether Jones and a replacement will fight such as Anthony Johnson or if the advertising will delay the name defense to some since the severity of the injury of Cormier hasn’t yet been revealed. Rumors swirled on Twitter which Cormier could be nursing a leg injury and it seems those rumors were true. The UFC 197 co-main event 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. The title defense can take the headlining place if everything else fails. UFC 197 takes place in 3 months (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 released by the UFC Former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Norman Parke has apparently been published by the UFC following his unanimous decision loss to Rustam Khabilov. On a day where several fighters pranked fans and press for April Fools (like 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 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 only 29 years old and definitely has talent and the skills to work his way back to the roster if he find success away from the promotion.
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