Visa issues reportedly scrap Sonnen-Rua at UFC 161, Jimmo-Pokrajac head to main


ryan-jimmo-4.jpgChael Sonnen tried to get himself into a fight, but it looks like his effort will go wasted.

Despite reports on Monday that Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) would fill in for an injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the co-main event of UFC 161 later this month against Mauricio Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC), that fight won’t happen. Instead, UFC 161 will move forward with 11 fights, and “Shogun” will wait to fight another day – perhaps still against Sonnen.

The UFC made the announcement late Monday night that Rua had been removed from the card. But Globo, which first reported that Sonnen and Rua would meet, reported that visa issues created a problem for Sonnen to get into Canada – and that the two are expected to meet on Aug. 17 at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston. The UFC has yet to announce the fight is in the works.

But as far as UFC 161 is concerned, with Rua’s slot falling off the main card, UFC officials confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a preliminary card light heavyweight fight between Ryan Jimmo (17-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Igor Pokrajac (25-9 MMA, 4-4 UFC) will be promoted to the pay-per-view.

UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

After Nogueira fell off the card on Sunday with a back injury, “Shogun” was in need of an opponent. Sonnen tried to ask for the fight on Twitter, and a Monday report from Globo surfaced that his tweet had done the trick.

But instead, Sonnen won’t be making a late-notice trip to Canada, and Rua will wait for another card. Whether that proves to be Sonnen later this summer, of course, remains to be seen.

UFC 161 was set to be headlined by a interim bantamweight title fight between Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland. But an injury to Barao forced him out of the headliner, which bumped the co-main event between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans into the top position.

Now with Rua out of the co-main event spot, a heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson (19-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Stipe Miocic (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) climbs a spot on the card.

With the change to the card, UFC 161 is again finalized:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX, 8 p.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)

For the latest on UFC 161, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Ryan Jimmo)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 29 days ago
  • 37 views

UFC light-heavyweight competitor Wanderlei Silva is convinced that Chael Sonnen will return to the octagon once he finishes his suspension. Although it would appear that Chael Sonnen's professional c read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 54 views

With his fighting status in limbo, Wanderlei Silva remains hopeful he'll get a chance to settle up with Chael Sonnen in the Octagon. "I think he retired just for now, I think after finishing his susp read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 34 views

With an extensive record of 81 kickboxing bouts, 15 boxing bouts and 17 MMA bouts, Marcos Rogerio “Pezao” de Lima entered “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” as a favorite in the read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 26 views

Can Chael Sonnen upset the best grappler in the world? The former UFC title challenger is set to battle two-time jiu-jitsu world champion and two-time ADCC winner Andre Galvao in the main event of Me read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 59 views

Retired UFC competitor Chael Sonnen went on Chris Jericho’s "Talk is Jericho" podcast, where he revealed his willful intention to take performance enhancing drugs to better his career. Better late th read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 27 views

With Chael Sonnen's Metamoris 4 super fight in jeopardy due to the possibility of huge fines from the NAC, he reaches out to UFC Hall of Famer, Randy Couture to take his place. Metamoris might just b read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 57 views

Former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva had his grudge match with Chael Sonnen scheduled for earlier this month postponed after "The Axe Murderer" ran into some trouble with the Nevada State Athletic C read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 369 views

Don’t expect another Brendan Schaub vs. Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu type of fight when Chael Sonnen steps on the mat. The former UFC title challenger will make his transition to the grappling world to tak read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 35 views

Plan B! Just in case ... Recently-retired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star, Chael Sonnen, is still scheduled to compete against Andre Galvao in the Metamoris 4 main event this weekend (Sat., read news >>