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Report: Daniel Cormier out of UFC 197 battle with Jon Jones Originally reported by, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is injured and will probably be forced to pull out of his upcoming UFC 197 main event name defense against Jon Jones. There is not any word on when the promotion will just delay the name defense to some later pay-per-view or if Jones and a late replacement will fight like Anthony Johnson since Cormier’s injury’s seriousness has not yet been shown. Rumors swirled on Twitter that Cormier could be nursing a leg injury and it seems those rumors were true. The UFC 197 co-main occasion is also a title battle, a flyweight title defense by Demetrious”Mighty Mouse” Johnson against undefeated former Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Henry Cejudo. If all else fails, the title defense always has the choice to take the position. UFC 197 takes place in three weeks (Saturday, April 23, 2016) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s an updated look at 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 discharged from the UFC Former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Norman Parke has seemingly been released by the UFC following 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 things took a turn for the worse once 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 defeating Reza Medadi. The Northern Irishman is still just 29 years old and has the skills and ability to perform his way back to the roster should he find success outside the promotion.

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