“Chopper,” who injured his hand training with UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, says the champ is “really tough.”
Chi Lewis-Parry (6-1) has been training at American Kickboxing Academy to help Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier prepare for Jon Jones, but after breaking his hand during a sparring session, “Chopper” had to withdraw from his scheduled GLORY 30 bout against Guto Inocente (30-7).
GLORY announced the news via press release on Tuesday (May 3, 2016). Lewis-Parry has been replaced by Brian “Bad Ass” Douwes for the Superfight Series co-main event scheduled to air on UFC Fight Pass on May 13th.
The 6′ 9″ British Heavyweight was sparring with Cormier when his hand caught the top of the UFC champion’s head, he explained to UFC.com.
“We were in a sparring session and the energy level was high. Cormier is really motivated right now after watching Jon Jones’ last fight the other night. So we were getting into it in the stand up – and next thing I’ve thrown my left hook and it’s landed on his head and I just felt this shooting pain up my arm, from my hand up to my shoulder. I just knew something had happened.”
“I got my glove off and my hand was swelling up, so I called it a day. It’s turned out to be a fracture. I am gutted that I can’t fight next week. I was looking to really send a message to Rico Verhoeven, but I will be back in the ring as soon as I can.”
Verhoeven, the GLORY heavyweight champion, has also cross-trained at AKA, which is, of course, the home to former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and several other well-known fighters. The gym has come under fire several times for the ….View full article
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