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Chael Sonnen NOT Fighting at UFC 161, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua Pulled From Event

Written by Tom Ngo
June 3rd, 2013
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And then there were 11, as in only 11 fights that will take place at “UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson.” Despite earlier reports that Chael Sonnen would replace an injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to meet Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (pictured) in the card’s co-main event, the UFC killed that chatter Monday evening by announcing Shogun will be shelved for another show.

The promotion didn’t confirm which preliminary fight would get bumped to the main card in its place. Based on the current bout order, the welterweight shootout between Jake Shields and Tyron Woodley would get the nod. 

Now that Shogun has been pulled, the heavyweight scrap with Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic will serve as the new co-featured attraction. Light heavyweights Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson still headline the gig.

Shogun told Guilherme Cruz of Tatame that the UFC asked him to be ready to compete at UFC on Fox Sports 1 1 on August 17. He added that his tango with Sonnen fell through because Chael P. couldn’t secure a visa to enter Canada by their June 15 fight date. 

Nogueira was forced to withdraw Sunday from his rematch with the former light heavyweight champ with a herniated disc. The veteran could be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.

Courtesy of the injury bug, UFC 161 has now lost its two featured fights. Interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao pulled out of the main event against Eddie Wineland with a wound a few weeks ago.

MTS Centre in Winnipeg hosts the festivities.

Here is the show’s revised roster:

Preliminary Card:

(Facebook 6:35PM ET/3:35PM PT)

Dustin Pague vs. Yves Jabouin

John Maguire vs. Mitch Clarke

Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa

(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)

Kenny Robertson vs. Sean Pierson

Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac

Sam Stout vs. James Krause

Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan

Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton

Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic

Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans

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