Despite rumors to the contrary, Mauricio Rua
will not be facing Chael Sonnen
With less than two weeks remaining before the June 15 event, the
UFC announced on Monday evening that no replacement opponent
had been found for the former light heavyweight champion. Instead,
Rua will compete on a card “soon,” according to the promotion.
“Shogun” was originally scheduled to face Antonio
Rogerio Nogueira, but “Minotoro” was forced to withdraw from
the contest due to a herniated disk.
UFC 161, which takes place at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, moves
forward with 11 bouts, although it is currently unclear which fight
will be added to the pay-per-view lineup. The event is headlined by
a 205-pound scrap between Rashad
Evans and Dan
Shortly after the news of Nogueira’s injury broke, Sonnen
campaigned for an opportunity to face Rua on Twitter, and by
Monday, reports surfaced that the Sonnen-Rua matchup was nearly
However, shortly after the promotion announced that Rua would not
fight at UFC 161 after all, the Brazilian issued this statement via
“Tonight I was home with my team studying the fights of my new
opponent for UFC 161 when I got the sad news that Chael Sonnen
can’t make it to the event. I wish to thank my fans all over the
world for all their love and support,” he wrote.
According to various reports, Sonnen apparently had difficulty
obtaining a visa to fly to Canada.
Rua last competed at UFC on Fox 5 in December, losing to Alexander
Gustafsson via unanimous decision. The date and opponent for
his next fight has yet to be announced.
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