UFCC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been forced out of his highly anticipated title rematch with former champ Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 197 later this month with an injury. BJPenn.com’s initial report was followed up by MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, and ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Cormier and Jones were scheduled to headline UFC 197 however with this injury to the champion, it is unclear on whether Jon Jones will stay on the card, however rumours are circulating that Anthony Johnson may step in to replace Cormier on April 23 in Las Vegas. Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo is currently the co-main event at UFC 197 for the UFC flyweight title.
Jones and Cormier first fought at UFC 182 in January 2015, when Jones retained his title with a unanimous decision – only to be stripped of the belt and suspended a few months later after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident. Cormier then won the vacant title with a second-round submission of Anthony Johnson.
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