Daniel Cormier has suffered an injury and is out of his light heavyweight title defense against Anthony Johnson at UFC 206, according to a report from MMAFighting.com on Friday.
The UFC is reportedly seeking a new headliner for the event, although Las Vegas-based promotion has yet to formally announce Cormier’s withdrawal. Meanwhile, Johnson acknowledged the news via Twitter.
“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s piece,” he wrote. “I wish nothing but the best for DC and I hope you have a full recovery champ.”
@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
UFC 206 takes place on Dec. 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and features a featherweight scrap pitting Max Holloway against Anthony Pettis. The main card will also see Donald Cerrone meet Matt Brown at welterweight, while Cub Swanson faces Doo Ho Choi at 145 pounds.
Cormier defeated Johnson via third-round submission to capture the vacant light heavyweight strap at UFC 187 in May 2015. Since then, the American Kickboxing Academy stalwart defended the belt with a split verdict over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 before outpointing Anderson Silva in a non-title affair at UFC 200.