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Chael Sonnen fighting “Shogun” Rua at UFC 161 on short notice

Chael Sonnen fighting “Shogun” Rua at UFC 161 on short notice

As reported, UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen once again expressed interest in facing an iconic Brazilian with ties to PRIDE and Chute Boxe. However, this time around his focus was on Mauricio Rua rather than Wanderlei Silva and it appears his lobbying as successful.

At the time, the 21-7 Rua was in need of an opponent for a June 15 fight at UFC 161 after original adversary Antonio Rogerio Nogueira withdrew from the bout due to a back injury, and Sonnen was happy to fill the vacancy if needed.

“I hear Brazilian Chicken is off the menu. American Gangster is still available if you want to send your waitress over,” wrote Sonnen on Twitter in a message directed to Rua.

Though nothing official has been announced, MMAJunkie has reported Sonnen will indeed step in to face “Shogun”.

Sonnen was last seen a little more than a month ago in a one-sided loss to champion Jon Jones. He holds an overall record of 27-13-1 including past success against Brian Stann, Michael Bisping, and Yushin Okami.

  • MCM says:

    Love it. Book it Dana.


    great matchup-i have sonnen by suffocating top control

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Good match up. Tis is the role I see Chael excelling in. He can fight middle of the road guys with if names on short notice and sells the fights with his talking. It’s obvious he won’t ever be a champ, but if you can’t get past him neither will you.

    I got Chael by UD.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    According to the UFC’s twitter, Shogun has been pulled from the card due to no opponent 2 weeks out, and he will have a replacement fight on another one soon

  • darth_irritable says:

    Say what you will about Sonnen, he’s got balls of steel.

    Nano-balls, but balls of steel.


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