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 Initially 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 name defense against Jon Jones. There’s no word on whether Jones and a late replacement will fight or if the promotion will delay the name defense since the severity of the harm of Cormier hasn’t 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 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. If everything else fails, the flyweight title defense can always take the place that is headlining. UFC 197 takes place in three weeks (Saturday, April 23, 2016) in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s an updated look in the fight 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 apparently been released by the UFC following his unanimous decision loss to Rustam Khabilov. On a single 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 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 has ability and the skills to perform his way back into the roster should he find success away from the promotion and is just 29 years old.

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