Following the confirmation of a back injury that will force Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out of his UFC 161 appearance against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua later this month in Winnipeg, the rush to find a replacement for “Lil’ Nog” began. Less than 24 hours later, we have a replacement, none other than the infamous Chael P. Sonnen. Sonnen took to Twitter last night following the announcement of Nogueira’s injury, and began to lobby for the fight with Rua.
Ivan Rupp, one of the lead reporters at Globo, broke the news yesterday of Nogueira’s injury, which was later confirmed. Rupp again broke the news today that Chael Sonnen would step in to face “Shogun” Rua on short notice. This must come as good news for the UFC as the original headliner for UFC 161, Renan Barao, was also removed from the card due to injury. Rua on the other hand may not be very pleased with the drastic difference in styles from his original opponent.
Sonnen is among the elite of decorated wrestlers in UFC, and Nogueira is an olympic level boxer with great jujitsu skills. Rua was training with legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach in preparation for the boxing prowess of “Lil’ Nog,” and will now have to work on a sprawling and getting back to his feet for the next 12 days. Rua does tout a position in the light-heavyweight divisions top 10, and if Sonnen was to defeat Rua, it would propel the Oregon gangster back into the mix for a title shot yet again. Of course, Sonnen was destroyed by light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in April, but a win over Rua coupled with Sonnen’s PPV drawing power, would make a rematch with Jones a real possibility.
What does Penn Nation think? Will Chael Sonnen get the victory over “Shogun” on such short notice? Will Rua use his refined boxing to take out Sonnen?
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