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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 Initially reported by BJPenn.com, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is injured and will probably be forced to pull out of his forthcoming UFC 197 major event name defense against Jon Jones. There is no word on when the promotion will delay the name defense to some later pay-per-view or whether Jones will combat with a late replacement since the seriousness of Cormier’s harm hasn’t been revealed. Rumors swirled on Twitter which Cormier could be nursing a leg injury and it appears 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 golden medal-winning wrestler Henry Cejudo. The flyweight title defense can take the place that is headlining, if all else fails. UFC 197 occurs in three weeks (Saturday, April 23, 2016) from 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 several fighters pranked lovers 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 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 beating Reza Medadi. The Northern Irishman has the skills and ability to work his way back to the roster if he find success away from the promotion and is still 29 years old.

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