Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will not fight next week in Winnipeg after Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was knocked off the UFC 161 card. The UFC announced the development via twitter.
— UFC (@ufc) June 4, 2013
The UFC will look to get “Shogun” back in action as soon as possible. The promotion had worked hard to make a bout happen between Chael Sonnen and Rua, however the bout was unable to materialize. Rua had a message about the bout on twitter, stating:
“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 their love and support.”
Rua is likely land on either UFC 163 or UFC on Fox Sports 1 1, with Sonnen still a possible opponent.
UFC 161 takes place June 15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. A light heavyweight pairing between former UFC champion Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson will headline the card.
Current UFC 161 Fight Card:
Main Card (Pay-per-view 10PM ET)
- Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
- Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
- Patrick Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
- Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
- Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Preliminary Card (FX 8PM ET)
- Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
- Sam Stout vs. James Krause
- Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson
- Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
Preliminary Card (Facebook 6PM ET)
- Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague
- Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire