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 (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

Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz will not take place at Bellator 165 in San Jose

  • 25 days ago

Newly minted Bellator fighter Chael Sonnen got a little ahead of himself in announcing a fight with Tito Ortiz on Nov. 19 at Bellator 165. Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen in the Works for Bellator | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago

Tito Ortiz claims he is fighting Chael Sonnen under the Bellator banner. read news >>

Josh Samman found after drug-overdose call; mother reportedly denies rumors of heroin as cause

  • 18 days ago

UFC middleweight Josh Samman was found unresponsive in an apartment in south Florida after police were called to the scene on a suspected drug overdose. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

On an uncertain path to the cage, Chael Sonnen gets back to the grind

  • 17 days ago

PORTLAND, Ore. – “I guess I can’t stall any more,” Chael Sonnen told MMAjunkie before stepping on the mat as grappling practice rolled on at the Gracie Barra academy.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, read news >>

BJ Penn Forced Out of UFC Manila Headliner | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago

BJ Penn has reportedly been forced out of his UFC Fight Night 97 headlining bout opposite Ricardo Lamas. read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov issues the UFC an ultimatum regarding his title shot

  • 15 days ago

Khabib Nurmagomedov wants the title shot he was promised. read news >>

Troubled NFL Vet Greg Hardy Pursuing MMA Career | MMAWeekly.com

  • 10 days ago

Beleaguered NFL free agent Greg Hardy is reportedly going to try and put his troubled past in the rear-view mirror by making a run in mixed martial arts. read news >>

Dana White: 'Highly doubt' Greg Hardy can make it in UFC

  • 7 days ago

Hardy is reportedly setting football aside to focus on mixed martial arts. read news >>

TMZ: UFC's Josh Samman Died From 'Probable Drug Overdose'

  • 3 days ago

TMZ has reportedly reached out to the medical examiner assigned to the late Josh Samman.The circumstances surrounding the coma and then passingof former UFC middleweightJosh Sammanwere unknown for ov read news >>

Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz set for Jan. 21 in California as Bellator 170 headliner

  • 3 days ago

As expected, “The Bad Guy” will indeed face “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.”Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>