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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Pulled from UFC 161; Chael Sonnen and TUF Brazil 3 Future Possibilites

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Alexander Gustafsson vs Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC on Fox 5Despite efforts and reports to the contrary, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will not be fighting Chael Sonnen at UFC 161 on June 15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

After Shogun’s original UFC 161 opponent, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, had to withdraw from the bout due to back problems, Sonnen tweeted to Shogun that he was still looking for a fight.

UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta told Kevin Iole, a reporter for MMAWeekly.com official content partner Yahoo! Sports, that Shogun vs. Sonnen was an option they were considering, but that no deal had been struck.

The deal did not get done, at least not for UFC 161, as UFC officials announced late Monday night.

“With Lil Nog injured, @ShogunRua is left opponentless 2 weeks out; #ufc161 will proceed with 11 fights and Shogun will fight on a card soon,” the UFC stated on its official Twitter account.

With the removal of the Shogun fight, a preliminary bout between Ryan Jimmo and Igor Pokrajac has been moved to the main card on pay-per-view.

Shogun’s agent, Lucas Pires, told Brazilian website Combate.com that his fighter immediately accepted when he was told that Sonnen had offered to fight him, but Sonnen could be the reason the fight won’t happen at UFC 161.

Sonnen in 2011 plead guilty to a federal money laundering charge for his involvement in a mortgage fraud case. Canada has very strict entry restrictions for foreigners with a felony conviction, so it’s likely that it would have been too difficult, or perhaps not even possible, for Sonnen to gain entry in time for UFC 161 on June 15.

The bout is still a possibility. One of the UFC’s upcoming fight cards on Fox Sports 1, the new Fox sports network, is a likely target. Sonnen has been trying for some time to get on the Boston fight card slated for the network’s Aug. 17 launch.

Despite the talk of a fight with Sonnen, Shogun already could have even bigger plans in the works, according to his agent.

In discussing the possibility of Shogun vs. Sonnen, Pires also told Combate.com that the UFC is currently planning the third season of the Brazilian edition of The Ultimate Fighter, and is considering Shogun and Nogueira as coaches.

Nogueira’s older brother, Rodrigo, coached TUF Brazil 2 opposite Fabricio Werdum. Those two are slated to fight this weekend at UFC on Fuel TV 10.

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  • The Best Eva

    Gutted for Winnipeg, I’d be getting rid of my tickets right about now.

  • Junior

    This is atrocious. I have never bought a ticket for anything as expensive as this, and now the line-up is crap. With the exception of 2 fights I am looking forward to, this is a complete let down. Hell, I probably couldn’t even get the money I paid for the tickets if I wanted to sell them at this point.

  • adice89

    Sonnen on TUF again?? Wtf, reward the show with winners. This guy REALLLY doesnt deserver that spot. Put show and lil nog on the show. Seriously chael sonnen needs to be put at the VERYY back of the LHW line. Let him fight ryan jimmo or bader next, witg that being said atleast those guys have actually WON at lhw.

    • wandFan

      You gotta read the article if you wanna comment.

  • gnodeb

    Would it be appropriate to accuse Sonnen for ruining this card? :)

    • Maddawgmar

      He tried to save the card, it’s not his fault Lil Nog got injured.

      • gnodeb

        Yes, he tried, but he forgot that he is a gangster so he can not get visa :)

        • Maddawgmar

          If we want to blame anyone, I say blame Dana. Just because.

  • greentyson

    i hate to say it, but if ufc still had rampage he could have stepped in =( sign king mo , lol

    • fsunoles10

      i would have actually enjoyed that fight too.

  • fsunoles10

    well we cant say chael didnt try and step up

  • Mark McDowall

    Sonnen can’t go down to Brazil for an extended period of time…he wont come out alive!! After all the mess he talked about the people of Brazil he will disappear!!