MMA Odds and Ends for Saturday: Daniel Cormier out of UFC 197 with injuryReport: Daniel Cormier out of UFC 197 fight with Jon Jones Originally reported by BJPenn.com, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier is injured and will be forced to pull out of his upcoming UFC 197 main event title defense against Jon Jones. There is no word on whether Jones will fight a late replacement like Anthony Johnson or if the promotion will simply delay the title defense to a later pay-per-view since the severity of Cormier's injury has not been revealed. Rumors swirled on Twitter last week that Cormier may 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 gold medal-winning wrestler Henry Cejudo. If all else fails, the flyweight title defense can always take the headlining 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 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 following his unanimous decision loss to Rustam Khabilov. On a day where several fighters pranked fans and media 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 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 defeating Reza Medadi. The Northern Irishman is still just 29 years old and definitely has the skills and talent to work his way back to the roster should he find success outside the promotion.
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