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

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Report: Daniel Cormier out of UFC 197 battle with Jon Jones Originally reported by BJPenn.com, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is wounded and will probably be forced to pull from his forthcoming UFC 197 major event title defense against Jon Jones. There’s not any word on whether Jones will fight a replacement or if the advertising will just delay the name defense because Cormier’s injury’s seriousness hasn’t been shown. Rumors swirled on Twitter which Cormier may 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 golden medal-winning wrestler Henry Cejudo. The title defense always has the choice to take the position, if everything else fails. UFC 197 occurs in 3 months (Saturday, April 23, 2016) in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s an updated look at 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 discharged by the UFC Former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Norman Parke has seemingly 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 started his UFC career going 4-0-1 in his first five fights, but things took a turn for the worse after he started 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 is still 29 years old and definitely has the skills and ability.

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