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

Report: Daniel Cormier from 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 title defense against Jon Jones. There is no word on if the advertising will delay the name defense to a later pay-per-view or if Jones will combat a replacement since the seriousness of Cormier’s harm hasn’t yet been revealed. Rumors swirled on Twitter a week which Cormier could be nursing a leg injury and it appears those rumors were true. The UFC 197 co-main event 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. The title defense can take the place that is headlining, if everything 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 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 released by the UFC Former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Norman Parke has apparently been published 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 once he began 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 talent and the skills to work his way back into the roster if he find success away from the promotion and is just 29 years old.

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