UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has sustained an injury and will not be defending his title against Jon Jones later this month at UFC 197.
What may sound like a cruel April Fools’ Day joke is not. The story has been confirmed by MMAFighting.com and BJPenn.com
According to MMAFighting: “An injury has forced Cormier, the UFC light heavyweight champion, to withdraw from the fight, MMAFighting.com has confirmed via multiple sources. Cormier wasn’t available for comment when contacted by MMAFighting.com Friday night.
BJPenn.com first reported the news.
Cormier and Jones were scheduled to headline UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas. It’s unclear at this time whether Jones, who hasn’t fought since UFC 182 in Jan. 2015, will remain on the card or when Cormier will be able to return to action. Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo for the UFC flyweight title was the co-main event.
On Tuesday morning, Jones was arrested for violating his probation after receiving five traffic tickets last week. He was released from jail Thursday afternoon, and shortly thereafter the UFC announced that he would remain on the card. That was before the organization found out that Cormier would not be able to compete on the card.
The UFC has yet to officially respond to the news.”