It appears AKA still hasn’t progressed from the “stone age” training mentality UFC president Dana White bashed them for years ago. On Friday, it was reported UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (pictured) has been forced to pull out of his UFC 206 title fight against Anthony Johnson due to an undisclosed injury.
MMAFighting.com broke the news, though the UFC has yet to address Cormier’s condition.
According to the report, the UFC is hoping to keep Johnson in the lineup. Although, it might be tough selling Johnson on taking a fight that would be worth his while considering he’s already posted T(KO) wins over the division’s top four fighters.
As the talent-deprived card currently stands, a featherweight shootout between Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway is slotted as the co-main event.
White hasn’t been shy about expressing his displeasure over the years on how AKA fighters constantly suffer injuries during training that force them out of their scheduled bouts.
Somewhere, Georges St-Pierre is probably cracking a smile knowing the UFC is scrambling to salvage the event they believed they didn’t need his presence in.
Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada hosts the December 10 card.
Here is the show’s updated lineup:
Anthony Johnson vs. TBD
Jordan Mein vs. Emil Meek
Chad Laprise vs. Li Jingliang
Poliana Botelho vs. Valerie Letourneau
Rustam Khabilov vs. Jason Saggo
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
Mitch Gagnon vs. Matthew Lopez
John Makdessi vs. Lando Vannata
Zach Makovsky vs. John Moraga
Misha Cirkunov vs. Nikita Krylov
Cub Swanson vs. Dooho Choi
Donald Cerrone vs. Matt Brown
Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis