Cormier Injured, UFC 206 Main Event Off
UPDATE (11/25, 9:05 p.m.): According to a report from BJPenn.com, Cormier’s injury is a torn adductor in his groin, which will keep him out of action until around March.
Only a couple weeks from the UFC 206, the promotion’s next big pay-per-view has lost its main event. Light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been injured and withdrew from his title defense against Anthony Johnson. MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani first reported the news.
According to the report, the UFC is looking for a new headliner and wants to keep Johnson on the card.
UFC 206 takes place on Dec. 10 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. The co-main event is a pivotal featherweight matchup between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis. Also featured on the card is a welterweight clash between Donald Cerrone and Matt Brown and a featherweight fight between prospect Doo Ho Choi and veteran Cub Swanson.
A fight with Tim Kennedy and Rashad Evans, which had been previously scheduled for UFC 205, was set for this card but scrapped when Evans was denied a fighting license from the Ontario commission.
This is the second time Cormier has pulled out of a fight in 2016. He was set to rematch Jon Jones at UFC 197 for the light-heavyweight belt, but withdrew from the fight due to injury and was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux. Cormier-Jones II was then set for UFC 200, but Jones was pulled from the card due to a failed drug test and Cormier instead fought Anderson Silva in an uninspiring non-title fight.
Cormier took to Twitter to apologize for the fight cancellation, and Johnson responded with well wishes.
@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
I wish nothing but the best for DC and I hope you have a full recovery champ…
— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) November 25, 2016
Stay tuned for updates regarding UFC 206 as the promotion works on finding a replacement main event.