Injuries, Injuries, Injuries, First we had to deal with Lightweight Title holder Rafael Dos Anjos pulling out of UFC 196 against McGreggor because of a foot injury and now we have to deal with Light Heavyweight Title holder Daniel Cormier pulling out of UFC 197 against Jon “Bones” Jones because of a leg injury. After the news went public, both Cormier and Jones took to social media to release their statements on the issue.
Cormier displayed his deepest apologies to his opponent and fans.
Jones Displayed his willingness to fight anyone in the light heavyweight or heavyweight weight classes which is a lot like how McGreggor responded after the Dos Anojs Injury.
As always UFC and president Dana White worked quickly to find a replacement fighter. They landed on the number 6 Light Heavyweight contender and former University of Tennessee football player Ovince Saint Preux. With a height of six-foot-three-inch, a reach of 80 inches and a younger age of 32 it almost seems Saint Preux is physically a better match for Jones than Cormier. Saint Preux has won three of his last four fights and has a total fight record of 19-7.
Co-headlining the event is the UFC flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo. Demetrious Johnson has a fight record of 22-2-1 and is the number 2 ranked fighter in the world, ranked under only Jon Jones. The fight takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 23.