MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR SATURDAY: DANIEL CORMIER OUT OF UFC 197 WITH INJURY

Report: Daniel Cormier out of UFC 197 battle 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 main event title defense against Jon Jones. There is no word on when the promotion will just delay the name defense to some later pay-per-view or if Jones will fight with a replacement such as Anthony Johnson because Cormier’s injury’s severity hasn’t yet been shown. Rumors swirled on Twitter that Cormier may 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 everything else fails. UFC 197 occurs in 3 months (Saturday, April 23, 2016) from 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 single day where many fighters pranked fans 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 things took a turn for the worse after he began facing tougher competition as he went 1-3 in his last four bouts, losing competitive decisions to Khabilov, Francisco Trinaldo and Gleison Tibau while beating Reza Medadi. The Northern Irishman has the skills and talent and is still only 29 years old.

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