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A “leg injury” to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has forced the postponement of one of the most highly-anticipated title fights in recent memory.

Officials announced on Tuesday that Jones will not be able to make a planned September 27 date with Daniel Cormier at UFC 178 for the belt. Instead, the fight will take place January 3 at UFC 182.

The new main event for UFC 178 will feature flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso. That bout was originally booked for later this month as a co-main event to UFC 177.

Jones and Cormier heated up the level of interest around the fight between former standout wrestlers last week when they got into a scuffle during Ultimate Media Day. The physical altercation led to several verbal battles during following media events, including Jones making a “death threat” to the ex-Olympian.

Cormier replaced Alexander Gustafsson for the September fight after Gustafsson suffered an injury in training. Originally, “DC” was going to have surgery after his recent win over Dan Henderson to repair a knee issue himself.

Making an appearance on FOX Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame,” Cormier stated that Jones should have “toughed it out” and still taken the fight. Some reports are mentioning a torn meniscus and sprained ankle for Jones, to which Cormier currently has a partially torn ACL.

Cormier also received confirmation that he will not be passed over for Gustafsson, who should be cleared to return to training soon, from UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.

Since tickets went on sale last week for the card, refunds will be offered to fans wishing to do so. Deadline for refunds is August 22.

wanderlei silva

Wanderlei Silva remains dead-set on fighting again as soon as he can.

Despite declining to take a drug test and initially saying he was clean, Silva has admitted to taking diuretics. However, he recently told Ag. Fight that he doesn’t feel as if the Nevada Athletic Commission will suspend him.

“I’m already preparing my defense,” Silva said (thanks to for transcribing). “There’s not much to be done, there’s no legislation over me. I don’t have a license and I’m not committed to fight in any event at the moment.

“I will do my defense and, as soon as I have (a fight) coming up, I will do the test and prove that I’m clean to get my license.”

Silva hasn’t fought since a victory over Brian Stann in March of 2013. He appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil to coach opposite Chael Sonnen, and was scheduled to face him in July before the run-ins with the NAC.

Recently, “The Axe Murderer” mentioned a possible third fight with Dan Henderson. “Hendo” seemed down for it on Twitter, and Silva is targeting December to compete again.

“They always do big events at the end of the year, and this fight could happen anywhere,” he said. “I will be ready. I would like to fight in Brazil, but we can fight in Japan or even in the United States. But if it really is against Dan Henderson, I would like it to be in a soccer stadium in Brazil.”

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Mike Winkeljohn has helped prepare Jon Jones for numerous UFC light heavyweight title defenses.

This September, “Bones” will step inside the Octagon to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 178. The two had a scuffle last week following a press conference, and continued to trade verbal barbs throughout during other interviews.

For Winkeljohn, he believes there is a simple – yet dominating – way for the collision to conclude.

“Submission led to by strikes,” said the coach, when asked on Submission Radio how the fight ends.

While some have wondered if Jones’ level of emotions that were put on display during the altercation will be an issue, Winkeljohn doesn’t see it that way.

“Some fighters, I’d worry about, but Jon’s not that guy,” he said. “The scuffle is unfortunate. It’s a shame, but you can see it happening, that’s what guys do. These guys are fighters, that’s what they do. He steps up, you know, you push me back hard, well I’m gonna push you back harder. So that’s what they do, and it’s almost to be expected in some ways, I’m not that surprised by it.

“It’s a shame because some people don’t understand that mentality in the moment, the emotions that are going on if they’ve never been in there, you know think that these guys are just super violent individuals outside the cage, and they’re not.”

ronda rousey

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has started to get back into training following knee surgery.

Middle Easy posted several videos of Rousey doing light workouts and agility work recently. She has mentioned a possible late-2014, early-2015 fight, hoping the UFC can work a contract out with Gina Carano for the fight.

Rashad Evans

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans was poised to face Daniel Cormier earlier this year before a devastating knee injury forced him to the sidelines.

Now, as he continues on his road to recovery, “Suga” has a target date in mind for his return to the Octagon.

“I want to return in February,” he said on a recent episode of The MMA Hour. “That’s just me giving myself enough time to make sure that I feel comfortable getting back in there because I know when I get back in there, there’s nothing but tough guys in my way.

“I’m definitely going to have a tough fight coming back. I want to be ready for that.”

Evans (19-3-1) has posted back-to-back wins over Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson, but will turn 35 years old this September. He won 17 of his first 19 pro fights, including a victory over Forrest Griffin to become champion.

However, after picking up victories over Thiago Silva, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis, Evans earned a shot at the title and former teammate and close friend Jon Jones. Originally, it was Evans who was to take on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the title, but he went down with an injury and Jones took his spot.

“I was thinking like that earlier and was like, ‘It’d be fun to fight Glover [Teixeira] or whoever,’ but honestly speaking, the way things are shaping up right now in my weight class, whoever I fight is going to be an interesting match up because I’ve got a lot to prove coming back from an injury and trying to make that push for the title,” Evans said. “Whoever they have up there, whoever is ready for me, whoever they’re going to put me up against, I’m ready for whatever.”

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