Daniel Cormier withdraws from UFC 206 fight vs. Anthony Johnson

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is injured and has pulled out of a scheduled title defense against Anthony Johnson at UFC 206.

The UFC said Saturday night that Cormier suffered a torn adductor in his groin, and a source close to the fighter told ESPN.com that he expects to be back in the gym "in early 2017."

MMAFighting.com first reported Cormier's withdrawal Friday. The 205-pound title fight was supposed to headline the pay-per-view card on Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Johnson (22-5) addressed the situation on Twitter, saying he hopes Cormier has a "full recovery."

Cormier (18-1) responded to Johnson:

It is not yet known whether Johnson will remain on the card. The bout was to be a rematch of a May 2015 title fight, when Cormier won the vacant title by submitting Johnson at UFC 187.

A featherweight bout between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis is currently scheduled as the co-main event of UFC 206.