Daniel Cormier injures leg; Jon Jones still wants to fight in UFC one hundred ninety-seven

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 1:17 AM

com on Friday, following an initial report by BJPenn. com. UFC officials haven't yet commented on Cormier'south withdrawal or indicated whether Jones will stay on the April twenty-three card in Las Vegas.

Daniel Cormier injures leg; Jon Jones still wants to fight in UFC one hundred ninety-seven

A highly anticipated light heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones at UFC one hundred ninety-seven later this mo is off as Cormier has been forced to draw out because of a leg injury, but Jones says he still wants to fight in the event. 

Sources confirmed the development to ESPN. com on Friday, following an initial report by BJPenn. com. UFC officials haven't yet commented on Cormier'south withdrawal or indicated whether Jones will stay on the April twenty-three card in Las Vegas.

Sources told ESPN. com that Jones would continue to train in the meantime and on Saturday, the former winner posted a social media video that let it be known he definitely wants to stay on the event. Jones (21-1) famously declined a brief notice fight in two thousand-twelfth, which resulted in the cancellation of UFC one hundred fifty-one. Jones referenced that decision in his post on Saturday, but said circumstances are different this time.

"Hey, you all know I'm not into taking last-minute fights, it'south not the way me and my trainers do things," said Jones in a post on Instagram. "But this latest year'south been genuine crazy and I perceive love I owe my fans so much.

"UFC, whether you've got a heavyweight, light heavyweight -- doesn't matter. Let'south hold this main event going. Send 'em my way."

An obvious candidate to replace Cormier in the bout would be former title contender Anthony Johnson (21-5). Johnson was supposed to fight Jones for the 205-pound title in May two thousand fifteen, but Jones was pulled from the card after he was arrested on a felony hit-and-run charge in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Johnson went on to fight Cormier for the unoccupied title and lost via submission.

On Saturday, one of Jones' representatives at EAG Sports Management, Denise White, announced on social media Jones had agreed to fight Johnson at UFC one hundred ninety-seven, but quickly deleted the post. White apologized and said she'd "jumped the gun."

Cormier (17-1) was scheduled to create his second title defense. He lost to Jones in a prior meeting at UFC one hundred eighty-two in January two thousand fifteen, but won the title in his very following fight after Jones was stripped of the 205-pound belt because of disciplinary reasons.

Cormier didn't immediately return requests for comment.

Currently, a flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson (23-2-1) and Henry Cejudo (10-0) is slated as the UFC one hundred ninety-seven co-main event. The pay-per-view card will get space at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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