UFC 197 was supposed to see former champ Jon Jones return to fight for the belt against incumbent champ Daniel Cormier (whom Jones already beat once). But those plans are dashed upon the rocks of knee injury, with Cormier now relegated to the sidelines and Ovince St. Preux taking his place.
Yesterday, Cormier posted a heartfelt apology to Instagram:
The decision to not fight on April 23rd was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. I’ve been scheduled to fight 18 times and I have made that walk every time. I want to apologize to Jon Jones, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White and all of the UFC fans for not being able to defend my title. This truly saddens me, but as with everything else in life, it goes on. The recovery should not take very long and I can’t wait to compete and defend my title again. For all the fans, thanks for your support, I appreciate each and every one of you. DC
Today, Cormier gave us a status update in the form of another Instagram post:
A photo posted by Daniel “DC” Cormier (@dc_mma) on
Eh, these things happen in MMA. C’est la vie.
But now this raises the possibility of Jones and Cormier having their rematch at the UFC at Madison Square Garden in November!