Found June 04, 2013 on
Visa issues won’t prevent Chael Sonnen from meeting Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (pictured) in Boston. On Tuesday night, the UFC announced the 205-pounders will headline UFC on Fox Sports 1 1. The August 17 event takes place inside TD Garden in Massachusetts. Shogun was initially slated to rematch Antonio Rogerio Nogueira this month at UFC 161, but Little Nog was forced to withdraw Sunday with a herniated disc. Sonnen immediately offered up his services, but reportedly had complications obtaining a visa to enter Canada in time for the June 15 fight date. Shogun has alternated between wins and losses over his past eight scraps. The former light heavyweight champion was last seen in December getting trounced by Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on FOX 5. Speaking of getting steamrolled, Sonnen was just TKO’d by reigning 205-pound king Jon Jones at UFC 159. Prior to that, the chatty wrestler was put down by middleweight champ Anderson Silva in the most anticipated rematch in MMA history. Here is the show’s updated lineup: Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux Mike Brown vs. Akira Corassani Uriah Hall vs. Nick Ring Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson Conor McGregor vs. Andy Ogle Matt Brown vs. Thiago Alves Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne Chael Sonnen vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Report: Chael Sonnen Gets Wish, Fights Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 161

Ask, and you shall receive – that is if you are Chael Sonnen, of course. Hours after requesting to replace injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to fight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (pictured) at UFC 161, Sonnen has apparently been granted his wish. Brazilian outlet Globo reported the scrap Monday afternoon, though the UFC has yet to confirm the new arrangement. Shogun has alternated...

UFC announces two new main-events

August is heating up for the UFC as the fight promotion has announced two new headlining summer fights. UFC 164 and the first UFC on FS1 now have main-events and fans will be able to see one of the more intriguing 2013 fights for free.

Chael Sonnen Offers to Fight ‘Shogun’ at UFC 161

Chael Sonnen (pictured) may have buried the hatchet with UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva, but the chatty wrestler appears to still have a thing for fighting Brazilians. After publicly requesting a scrap with Wanderlei Silva, only to receive radio silence in return, Sonnen has now set his sights on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who is in desperate need of an opponent for UFC 161...

Shogun Rua reveals Chael Sonnen ‘can’t make’ UFC 161 because of visa issues

Too bad, so sad. Chael Sonnen, perhaps the most willing and game fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA) today, once again volunteered his short-notice services to plug a gaping Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fight card hole when Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was forced out of his upcoming Light Heavyweight rematch with Mauricio Rua. "Lil Nog" was expected to take on "...

Update: Shogun vs. Chael a no-go for UFC 161; Possible Move to FOX Sports 1 debut in Boston

Here's the long and the short of it - • 6.2.13 (Sometime in the evening - eastern standard time) Globo, rough translation below, reports that Lil' Nog will be forced to withdraw from his rematch with 'Shogun' Rua:On his 37th birthday, the light-heavyweight Brazilian Rogerio Nogueira had to deal with an unpleasant situation: he will be forced to give up his rematch...

Rogerio Noguiera out of Shogun Rua fight at UFC 161, then Chael jumps in, then out again. Shogun fightless.

OK, so that was pretty much the busiest and wildest rollercoaster ride of emotion in a 24 hour experience anyone could have with nothing actually happening in that time frame. Other than the disappointment of Rogerio Noguiera having to back out of his fight with Shogun Rua at UFC 161, of course. For a while, Chael Sonnen was a late-replacement hero once again, but Visa issues forced...

Shogun Rua off UFC 161 card, ‘will fight on a card soon’ after Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Chael Sonnen ruled out

It seems as though mixed martial arts (MMA) fans in Winnipeg, Canada, just can't seem to catch an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) break. UFC 161: "Barao vs. Wineland" appeared to be a sleeper pay-per-view (PPV) event, with an interim Bantamweight title on the line in the main event at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 15, 2013. However, Renan Barao...

Video: Chael Sonnen Confirms FOX Sports 1 Main Event, Trashes Wanderlei Silva on UFC Tonight

With the odd situation that took place over the weekend and the removal of Brazilian legend Shogun Rua from the upcoming Winnipeg card, UFC Tonight co-host Chael Sonnen confirmed last night on the show that he is indeed fighting Mauricio Rua in the main event on the inaugural UFC on FOX Sports 1 event. The debut event is set for August 17th in Boston and will feature a stacked fight...
MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.