As reported on UFC Tonight, Chael Sonnen (27-13-1) will face Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (21-7) in the main event of the inaugural FOX Sports 1 event on August 17th. The card will take place at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
This fight came about after an odd turn of events that once again saw Sonnen playing promoter and once again saw him granted a fight that he vigorously pursued.
Rua was supposed to fight in the co-main event of UFC 161 on June 15th against Antontio Rogerio Nogueira, but after Nogueira was injured earlier this week, Shogun was left without an opponent.
Enter: Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen came out swinging, calling Nogueira a ‘chicken’ then calling out Rua in an attempt to fight him at UFC 161 in the same slot.
A series of legal issues nixed any hopes Sonnen had to fight on that card but also forced the UFC to remove Rua from the card all together. Now the two will face off two months after UFC 161.
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