Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Out of Shogun Rua UFC 161 Rematch Due to Injury

June 2, 2013
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Antonio Rogerio NogueiraThe UFC 161 fight card has taken another major blow. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is out of his rematch with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua due to a back problem.

Brazilian website first reported the injury, which was later confirmed by UFC officials.

This is the second major blow to the UFC 161 fight card, which is the promotion’s first event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The original main event pitting interim bantamweight champion Renan Barão against Eddie Wineland was scrapped when Barão had to withdraw due to injury. That forced the UFC to elevate the original co-main event bout between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans into the headlining position, and Shogun vs. Nogueira became the new co-main event.

With Nogueira out, the UFC is now tasked with trying to find a replacement to face Shogun on just two weeks’ notice.

UFC 161 is slated for June 15 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

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  • Supaman

    if they gonna do a rematch, how about HENDO???!

    Wouldn’t be surprised though if they got a Feijao or Fabio Maldonado.

    • Chase Brian Beebe

      bisping vs mauricio shogun

    • Ian Price

      Hendo? He’s busy fighting in the main event that fight. They need to find another guy, and fast. Here are the options: 1. Cormier can try a diet/weight cut. 2. Bisping, as was suggested above. 3. Vitor can try to save the day again. But he’ll have to get by the Canadian commission governing TRT, which may be possible since its short notice. 4. Texiera. How about the math teacher?

      • Supaman

        lol, my bad, totally blanked on Hendo.

        how about Bader.

        Cormier wouldn’t do it b/c only LHW fight he’d take right now is for Jon Jones.

        Cormier wouldn’t be able nor willing to do a speedy weight cut as he’s already voiced numerous times due to his difficulties from the Olympics. (0% chance)

        Bisping is not going to move up. He’s having enough trouble in his own weight class anyway, he needs a win and everyone in MW wants a shot at him. (0% chance)

        Vitor is a possibility, b/c UFC still very hesitant to give a title shot if Andy is champ.

        Glover would be interesting, but Shogun has no desire to fight him. Maybe this has changed? but he had been offered Glover before and flat out refused, I’m not 100% positive and who he ended up fighting but i think it was Gustaffson.

        It will be very difficult to get a big name to fill in… Bader may be the biggest one to come to mind… maybe a Matt Hamill? Rich Franklin?

        Again, I think it’ll be more likely for one of the hungry prospects who’ll end up filling in.

        • Supaman

          or another possible rematch could be Snake Diabate.. from when they fought in Pride.

      • barnettoo

        The math teacher, unfortunately, would get killed. He hasn’t been looking good as of late. Great guy though.

  • DanielH93

    Chael sonnen will step in

  • Baller31

    Bisping would be crushed…plus wrong weight class. I’m guessing Lyoto isn’t going to want to be ko’d again…Teixeira makes since because he took no damage his last fight, and he’s one of the few top 10 LH’s Shogun hasn’t fought…with 13 days will be hard to find a replacement…I agree that Sonnen would probably do it.

    • alex

      Lyoto ko’d again, seriously? even tho they wont fight this time if they do, wont be the same, really.

  • soah

    Sonnen would be a great replacement, you forgot that he is on medical suspension for 45 days from UFC 159…that would expire June 12th.

  • jdy

    How about glover texira

    • Dragon Kid

      he recently just fought and is on medical suspension.

  • fsunoles10

    any name besides glover teixeira would be blasphemy.

  • Guest

    I don’t know if it’s possible but Thiago Silva would be a good replacement to step in.

    • Dragon Kid

      that would be an interesting fight as long thiago isn’t taking drugs that will result the fight to a No Contest.

  • I wish Thiago Silva could take this fight.

  • Nick V


  • Aksel Winding Rose

    enter glover teixiera

  • Ron Wheeler


    • barnettoo

      that would be awesome