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

Report: Daniel Cormier from 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 major event title defense against Jon Jones. There’s not any word on when the promotion will delay the title defense or whether Jones and a replacement will combat such as Anthony Johnson because Cormier’s injury’s seriousness has not yet been revealed. Rumors swirled on Twitter last week 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 title defense can take the position that is headlining 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 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 apparently been released 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 (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 once he started facing tougher competition because he went 1-3 in his last four bouts, losing competitive decisions to Khabilov, Francisco Trinaldo and Gleison Tibau while defeating Reza Medadi. The Northern Irishman is still only 29 years old and definitely has the skills and ability.

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