Chael Sonnen campaigns for UFC 161's open slot against 'Shogun' Rua
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is injured and out of next week's UFC 161 co-headliner with light heavyweight Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC), but one familiar name has offered his services as a replacement.
And Chael Sonnen (27-13-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) did it in the only way he knows how.
"@ShogunRua I HEAR BRAZILIAN CHICKEN IS OFF THE MENU. AMERICAN GANGSTER IS STILL AVAILABLE IF YOU WANT TO SEND YOUR WAITRESS OVER," he wrote via Twitter.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Sunday, Nogueira was forced off the June 15 card with a back injury. Officials haven't formally announced the scratch as of Monday morning.
UFC 161 takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card, including Rua's bout, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
‘TUF: Brazil 2’ Final Set, Leonardo Santos Meets William Macario at UFC on Fuel TV 10
The final bout for the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” is set, as welterweights Leonardo Santos and William Macario will square off at UFC on Fuel TV 10.
The UFC officially announced the pairing on Sunday evening. UFC on Fuel TV 10 takes at the Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Brazil on Saturday night and is headlined by a heavyweight clash pitting Fabricio Werdum against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out at UFC 161, promotion seeks replacement
An ailing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from this month's UFC 161 event, and UFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC).
The scratch was first reported by GloboEsporte.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the change with multiple sources close to the promotion.
GloboEsporte.com's report cited a herniated disc as the reason for the withdrawal. A timetable for his return was not immediately established.
Report: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Robert McDaniel slated for UFC on FOX Sports 1 2
The card for the UFC's return to Indianapolis in late summer continues to take shape with the addition of a middleweight bout to the lineup.
According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Ataque Total, Magnus Cedenblad (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Robert McDaniel (21-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will meet on the second UFC on FOX Sports 1 card. UFC officials have not yet announced the fight.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 takes place Aug. 28. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Indiana state capital city of Indianapolis. The event's main card airs live on FOX Sports 1. Broadcast plans for the preliminary card have yet to be announced.
UFC on FX 8 'Fight of the Night' winner Lucas Martins to drop two weight classes
Brazilian knockout artist Lucas Martins (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will drop down not just one but two divisions for his next UFC appearance.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from Martins' manager, Wade Hampel, that the 24-year-old "Mineiro" will fight at bantamweight in his next UFC appearance.
"I requested the change this morning with Sean Shelby and Joe Silva, and they signed off on it," Hampel said.
Mike Brown vs. Akira Corassani set for UFC on FOX Sports 1 event in Boston
After briefly considering retirement in 2012, Mike Brown (26-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is ready to get back to action. The former WEC featherweight champion meets Akira Corassani (11-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1.
UFC officials today announced the new booking.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 1, takes place Aug. 17 at TD Garden in Boston and will mark the promotion's debut on the new cable network, which launches the same day. The evening's headlining bout has yet to be announced.
Hester vs. Ferreira added to UFC 163 in Brazil, Magalhaes vs. Perosh official
A middleweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 17" contestant Clint Hester (8-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" winner Cezar Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is official for UFC 163.
UFC officials recently announced the matchup.
Additionally, a previously reported light-heavyweight contest of Vinny Magalhaes (10-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Anthony Perosh (13-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was also made official for the card.
Uriah Hall Draws Nick Ring at UFC on Fox Sports 1 in Boston
Following an impressive run of knockouts on The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, Uriah Hall will try to rebound from a loss in the finale when he returns to action at UFC on Fox Sports 1 on August 17 in Boston.
Hall will square off with fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Nick Ring in a battle of stand-up fighters according to UFC officials who announced the fight late on Thursday evening.
Former title challenger Thales Leites returns against Tom Watson at UFC 163
After a four-year absence, Thales Leites (20-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is once again a UFC fighter.
The onetime middleweight title challenger is slated to return to the octagon at UFC 163 against up-and-comer Tom Watson (16-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC), according to UFC officials, who confirmed the matchup to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following a report on Tatame.
UFC 163 takes place Aug. 3 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The event's pay-per-view main card includes a featherweight title headliner between champion Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis. Preliminary-card bouts serve on FX and Facebook. It's unknown whether Leites vs. Watson will serve on the main card or prelims.
Silva vs. Jones, Cain vs. JDS III rumored for Cowboys Stadium - UFC 20 year anniversary
According to Dave Meltzer, the UFC is working on putting together what could be their biggest event in promotional history this fall in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. The show would have two huge fights on top. Meltzer has the scoop:
Nothing was said as far as when or where the match will take place. There is an idea floating around to try and put on the biggest show in company history at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas this fall. Several things would have to fall into place for this to happen, the key being Anderson Silva retaining the middleweight title against Chris Weidman, and not being banged up in the process. In addition, Jon Jones would have to be recovered from his own toe injury, and UFC would have to work out a deal to get the two of them to fight. Each has his own reasons, but neither has exactly clamored to fight the other. Having all those things fall into place makes this very much a longshot of actually happening.
The idea would be to have Silva vs. Jon Jones and Velasquez vs. Dos Santos at the stadium, in October, at the same time as the state fair of Texas, perhaps on 10/12 or 10/19. That much is known to be at least something talked about. With Madison Square Garden seeming more and more unlikely for November, this show could be billed as UFC 20th anniversary show, with the idea of trying to repeat the success of UFC 100.