UFC 197: Cormier releases statement on injury

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who pulled out of his upcoming title rematch in Las Vegas against Jon Jones at UFC 197 on April 23, has released a statement on his injury.

UFC President Dana White confirmed on Saturday that Ovince Saint Preux will replace Cormier and face Jones for the interim belt.

Cormier released a statement on his Facebook page following the news:

“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”

According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Cormier will be sidelined for four to six weeks.