Daniel Cormier Injury: Jon Jones Fights for Interim Title
UFC light-heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, has suffered an injury that will force him out of the main event at UFC 197 against Jon Jones. Daniel Cormier injury is to his shin that ultimately forced him to make the call to pull out of the highly anticipated rematch with Jones on April 23.
It’s a real shame for Jon Jones, who has been training for this fight and a chance to win back his belt from the moment the UFC reinstated him back in October. Nevertheless, the show must go on.
Cormier and Jones fought for the first time last year at UFC 182, where Jones successfully defended his title via unanimous decision. However, Bones was stripped of his title after being involved in a hit-and-run incident last April, which is when Daniel Cormier went on to defeat Anthony Johnson for the vacant belt. Daniel Cormier should be ready to go by UFC 200.
What’s Next For Jon Jones After Daniel Cormier Injury
Jones already has faced a tumultuous week after being arrested following a probation violation that landed him in jail for two days, being released Thursday. Jon Jones spent the better part of Tuesday and Wednesday in jail for violating his probation, but as soon as Jones reached a settlement with his courts he went right back to the gym.
It had been feared that due to Jones’ ongoing legal issues, he would force a cancellation to the highly-anticipated Jones-Cormier rematch, however, it was the return of the “injury bug” that forced the fight to be scrapped.
Even after all of that, the likely-hood of Jones fighting at UFC 197 still remains high. Jones hasn’t fought since beating Cormier on Jan. 3, 2015.
Jon Jones will face Ovince Saint Preux for the interim Light Heavyweight title at UFC 197. This card was heavily reliant on Jones’ long-awaited return to the Octagon. For someone who hasn’t fought since January of 2015, he shouldn’t be forced to wait longer when he’s ready to step back into the cage.
The winner of the interim title fight will then go on to fight Daniel Cormier to unify the 205-pound titles whenever we see an end to the Daniel Cormier injury.
Jon Jones can wait for Cormier to heal and fight him in New York City this fall. Let’s hope it’s a minor injury that can allow the fight to occur at UFC 200.