Daniel Cormier is out of his bout against Anthony Johnson.
The UFC light-heavyweight champion was expected to defend his title against the #1 ranked Johnson in the main event of UFC 206 but a groin tear has forced him off the card. As a result, the original co-main event between #3 ranked featherweight Max Holloway and former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has been elevated to the main event with the interim featherweight title on the line.
Cormier (18-1) revealed on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he suffered a tear in his right adductor in training and has been feeling weakness in his leg for weeks now. It wasn’t up until last Tuesday, when he was unable to run, that he called UFC president Dana White to let him know that he would be unable to fight. Depending on his method of treatment, his recovery time ranges anywhere from two to five months.
The winner of Holloway and Pettis will face featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who was crowned champion on Saturday when Conor McGregor vacated his title. Holloway is currently on a nine-fight win streak with his most recent win being a unanimous decision over Ricardo Lamas. Pettis, meanwhile, dropped down to 145-lbs months ago following a three-fight losing streak at lightweight. His last bout is a third-round submission win over Charles Oliveira.
UFC 206 takes place at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 10.