The injury bug couldn’t stay away from one of the last big events of 2016.
MMA Fighting has reported that UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier has sustained an injury that will force him to withdraw from his title defense at UFC 206 against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
The bout was to be the second meeting between the pair, who first shared the Octagon at UFC 187 in May of 2015. After taking a huge punch from Johnson early in that fight, Cormier was able to stop the fight-ending onslaught using his dominant wrestling to eventually find a submission in the third round. Since that meeting, Cormier has defeated Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 and Anderson Silva on a few hours notice at UFC 200, when Jon Jones was forced out due to a USADA infraction.
As of this time, the UFC is searching for a replacement opponent for Anthony Johnson, who is currently planned to remain on the card according to the report.
Since his loss to Cormier, “Rumble” has blazed through three top contenders in Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader, and Glover Teixeira – all by way of vicious knockout. His performances have earned him another crack at the champion, however, due to Cormier’s injury, his quest for claiming UFC gold will be on hold. In a light heavyweight division that is very shallow at the top with Jon Jones out of the mix for the time being, there is no clear contender for Cormier’s belt besides Johnson.
I wish nothing but the best for DC and I hope you have a full recovery champ…
— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) November 25, 2016
@Anthony_Rumble I left a message for you on ur phone. I apologize. We Will get to rock and roll bruh. Once again my apologies. DC
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) November 25, 2016
UFC 206 is an event that has been criticized by many for being an inferior card to prior Pay Per View events, which is largely due to the promotion stacking the deck for UFC 205, the promotion’s first trip to New York City. With three titles being defended and so many other top names competing that evening, the odds of putting together another big fight to compensate for the loss of Cormier vs. Johnson is very slim.
However, UFC 206 did gain a pair of matchups from UFC 205 due to licensing issues and failed weight cuts. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was set to face off against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 205, but was scratched due to Gastelum failing to weigh-in. As a result, Cerrone was moved to UFC 206 to face a new opponent in Matt Brown.
Rashad Evans was set to face Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 as well, however, due to New York not granting Evans a license to fight, the matchup was moved to UFC 207. The bout has since been scrapped as Evans has been unable to acquire a license to compete in Toronto as well.
Stay tuned to MMA Latest for more developments on this story and potential matchups for Anthony Johnson at UFC 206.
UFC 206 takes place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 10, 2016. Without the headliner of Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson, the current remaining lineup is as follows:
- Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis
- Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown
- Doo Ho Choi vs. Cub Swanson
- Nikita Krylov vs. Misha Cirkunov
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
- Valerie Letourneau vs. Viviane Pereira
- Lando Vannata vs. John Makdessi
- Rustam Khabilov vs. Jason Saggo
- Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez
- Zach Makovsky vs. Dustin Ortiz
James Gallagher out of Bellator 187 in Dublin due to injury
Irish fans will have to wait a little longer to see James Gallagher fighting on home soil after Gallagher suffered a knee injury in preparation for his main event fight with Jeremiah Labiano in Dublin next month. This bad news was first reported by MMAFighting.com.
The 20-year-old from Strabane co. Tyrone who trains in the famous SBG gym with Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson among others has set the featherweight division alight since joining Bellator in 2016. James “The Strabanimal” Gallagher has gone 3-0 with all three of his wins coming by rear naked choke.
After submitting Chinzo Machida, the brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida in Madison Square Garden Gallagher has become a budding star for Bellator.
Due to the youngster’s attitude and potential, many comparisons between Gallagher and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor have been made by the fans and media which has made Gallagher one of Bellator’s most recognizable names. This notoriety has ultimately led to the young Irishman getting a chance to headline in Dublin this November but this injury has delayed his rise for the time being.
Gallagher on social media Thursday stated that he has suffered an injury to his PCL and LCL in his knee and would be out for the remainder of the year. He has assured fans we would return next year and carry on where he started with “The Jimmy show.”
His longtime rival AJ McKee, who has engaged in a Twitter war with Gallagher after his last fight, will now headline Bellator 187 in the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 10th against Gallagher’s SBG teammate Brian Moore. Moore will be making his third appearance for Bellator in this featherweight clash.
UFC 216: Paige VanZant Pulls Out of Fight with Jessica Eye
The UFC 216 card looks to have suffered a major blow as Paige VanZant has been pulled from the card citing a back injury, per Ariel Helwani.
VanZant (7-3) has not fought since losing to Michelle Waterson back in December 2016 and was scheduled to make her Flyweight debut against the unranked Jessica Eye.
As of, MMA Fighting, the number 10 ranked UFC Strawweight suffered an intervertebral disc injury whilst training jiu-jitsu, and was advised by her doctor to miss training for a few weeks.
Not only is this a major blow for VanZant as she looks to regain some momentum following her last outing, but it must be considered a huge blow for the UFC as VanZant is a popular figure who can contribute significantly to the buy rate.
Eye (11-6) will also be feeling hard done by on this occasion, as this marks the second time in a row her opponent has pulled out of scheduled bout, she was looking to make things right after suffering four defeats in a row.
The injury will not require surgery so there is a possibility of rescheduling the contest for a later date, although nothing has yet been mentioned. It remains to be seen whether Eye will wait, or ask to be rescheduled with a new opponent.
UFC 216 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on October 7th and is headlined by Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee for the Interim Lightweight Championship, it also features UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson as he takes on Ray Borg in his record eleventh title defence.
Germaine de Randamie out of UFC Fight Night 115
Former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie has been forced out of next weeks Fight Night event in Rotterdam. The Dutch fighter was set to fight Marion Reneau in the UFC’s return to the Netherlands. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie.
— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) August 26, 2017
‘GDR’ won the Women’s Featherweight belt back in February after beating former Women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm. The kickboxer won the fight by a controversial decision after punching Holm after the bell in two rounds. Germaine also injured her hand in the fight and announced shortly after that she would need surgery. GDR never ended up getting the surgery and that same injury has now forced her out of the upcoming fight.
Germaine ended up getting her title stripped a few months later after she refused to defend the belt against the now current champion, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. She told many reporters that she considered Cyborg a cheater after she ended up failing a drug test for performance enhancing drugs. After a lot of backlash from both fans and fighters, the UFC stripped her title and made a new title fight at UFC 214 between Cyborg and Tonya Evinger. Cyborg ended up winning the fight by TKO in the 3rd round.
The UFC plan on keeping her former opponent Marion Reneau on the card and are currently searching for a replacement opponent. Reneau is currently coming off of a majority draw against Brazilian fighter Bethe Correia. Reneau’s biggest win so far in the UFC is against Jessica Andrade in a fight she won by submission via triangle choke.
The card is currently headlined by a heavyweight fight between Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov. The card takes place on September 2nd in Rotterdam, Netherlands and will stream exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
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