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Morning Report: Anthony Johnson responds after having his mettle questioned by Daniel Cormier

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

With less than a month to promote his UFC 187 title bout opposite Anthony Johnson, light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier is getting right to business.

As word came Tuesday night that the UFC had suspended light heavyweight champion Jon Jones indefinitely, Daniel Cormier was slated take his place May 23.

With Jones stripped of his title, Cormier will have a second chance at the strap in 2015.

"If you told me a few years ago that I would fight Anthony Johnson for a UFC championship I would say package the belt up and send it to San Jose," Cormier said Tuesday on UFC Tonight.

Cormier was complimentary of Johnson's career revival, but quick to point out his early struggles on the mat.

Aside from a TKO via eye poke in 2008 against Kevin Burns, Johnson's other three losses all came by rear-naked choke.

"It's a tough fight," Cormier said. "Rumble Johnson's a fantastic fighter. He has tremendous power and he's got a confidence about himself right now. But I want to tell you guys right now, at the end of the day, Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson is who he is.

"At the core of Anthony Johnson, Anthony's the guy who got submitted by Josh Koscheck. Anthony's the guy that tapped out before Vitor Belfort got the choke in. At the core of him, he is who he is. I just have to go out and find that."

Johnson responded on Twitter, holding back for now.

Cormier faces Johnson May 23 for the light heavyweight title in the main event at UFC 187 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

End of an era. The UFC has suspended Jon Jones indefinitely and stripped him of his title. Anthony Johnson will now face Daniel Cormier at UFC 187 for the light heavyweight title.

'Opportunity knocks.' Daniel Cormier reacts to Jon Jones being stripped of his title and wishes him well. 'I will win the belt, and then when Jon is ready to return, I will be happy to give him a shot at my belt.'

Statement. See the UFC's official release of the UFC 187 shakeup. 'While there is disappointment in the recent charges, the organization remains supportive of Jones as he works through the legal process.'

'Reddest of red flags.' Chuck Mindenhall explains why he believes the UFC should strip light heavyweight champion Jon Jones of his belt, which they've now done.

Out of competition. Suspended for a positive drug test, UFC welterweight Hector Lombard has been invited to compete at ADCC 2015 in Brazil.

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MEDIA STEW

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Dana White discussing Jones being stripped.

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Dana White down in Albuquerque.

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TUF 22 tryouts.

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Behind the scenes post-fight at UFC 186.

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GLORY 21 countdown show. (part 2 here)

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk sticking with her team in Poland, but prefers fighting in the U.S.

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Firas Zahabi teaching armbar techniques.

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Long watches.

Knuckle Up #368: Drunken Deeds That Trolls Named Jon Jones Do + UFC 186

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TWEETS

See how the pros reacted to Jones being suspended.

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Sorry.

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Classy.

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A few more reactions.

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Sounds good.

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Getting political.

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Good sign.

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Keep her in your thoughts.

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This guy.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (April 28 2015)

cancelled Daniel Cormier vs. Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night: New Orleans

Jon Jones out, Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson at UFC 187

Steve Bosse vs. Thiago Santos at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Finale

Gilbert Burns out, Norman Parke vs. Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night: Alves vs. Condit

Georgi Karakhanyan out, Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Weichel at Bellator 138

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Motmaitre.

The White Swan Chronicles: How to Solve the UFC's Injury Problem

On April 10th, the story broke: Yoel Romero was out of his eagerly-anticipated UFC on Fox 15 fight with Jacare Souza due to an injury suffered in training. A palpable lamentation befell the MMAspehere, even as a sense of resignation mitigated the agony. Such announcements have become so commonplace, they are rarely surprising and even expected. When journeyman Chris Camozzi was fed to Jacare instead as a sop to the expectant fans, it embodied the essence of the UFC's training injury problem, and raised the obvious question: why doesn't the UFC do more to stem this epidemic, this noxious 'injury bug'?

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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